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Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox

Hometown: Brookeville, MD
Major: Psychology
Minors: Sociology & English

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I have been working under Dr. Levy on a research project within the Laboratory for Personality, Psychopathology, and Psychotherapy Research.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I gained invaluable experience as a research assistant within Dr. Levy's lab.  Under his supervision I worked as a Trier Study Coordinator and was also a co-participant recruitment coordinator. As part of these positions, I worked directly with a clinical population on various studies, collecting valuable data. I am honored that I was able to contribute to our knowledge on psychological disorders by assisting with important studies. I was able to gain experience regarding working with participants and data, as well as working with various psychological measures and equipment.

"These experiences have allowed me to take my textbook knowledge from the classroom and apply it to real world studies and scenarios."

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has given me skills that I can use in my academic career. I now have a working knowledge of SPSS as well as various psychological equipment. I now have experience working with a clinical population which has helped me tremendously in understanding mental health illnesses. These experiences have allowed me to take my textbook knowledge from the classroom and apply it to real world studies and scenarios. This opportunity has enhanced my understandings of psychology and has given me skills that can translate to a number of real world occupations after graduation.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My future career goal is to continue my education and receive a PhD, focusing my time on research within the field of medicine and mental health. This enrichment experience has tremendously helped me reach this goal. I now have invaluable research experience, including statistical analysis, working with participants, and running experiments. Not only will this help me stand out as a graduate school applicant, but I will also have viable research skills once I attend graduate school. I am excited that I was able to partake in such a wonderful opportunity that has given me vast research skills and has expanded my opportunities post-graduation.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes!

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