I graduated with a Psychology major with a related area in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015. I was a Student Affiliate member of the American Psychological Association and a Psi Chi Member (International Honor Society in Psychology).
At the University of Pittsburgh, I was a Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, the Team Recruitment Chair for Colleges Against Cancer, Community Outreach Co-Chair for Campus Women’s Organization, captain of a Relay For Life team, an Emerging Leaders member, a Coptic Orthodox Youth Association member, a volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, a Human Rights Campaign Supporter, and a Rainbow Alliance Member.
I currently am a doctoral student at Seattle Pacific University. I study Clinical Psychology under Dr. Lynette Bikos. My expected graduation is in 2020. In five years, I plan to be in a graduate program continuing my education in clinical psychology, focusing in international psychology.
My long-term goals would be to work on the stigma of their mental illness abroad. The stigma results in their exclusion from other social situations. Once someone is diagnosed with a mental disorder, the world looks at them as damaged, aggressive, and dangerous and people fear them. The stigma stops the person with a disorder from getting the help they need. The stigma of mental illness is the reason people don’t want to get diagnosed or have their family members diagnosed. I hope that with awareness and education, that I can help the people around the world to be more compassionate toward the mentally ill.