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Scholar Update: Danielle Adams (Class of 2014) Publishes Research

It’s times like this that leave the Active Minds community beaming with pride. Scholar updates are our most favorite thing to receive, so imagine our delight when we heard from 2014 scholar Danielle “Dani” Adams. She informed us that her fellowship research has resulted in a first author publication in the Journal of American College Health. Her article, titled “The Relationship Between Financial Strain, Perceived Stress, Psychological Symptoms and Academic and Social Integration in Undergraduate Studies,” is available online here

During the 2014 cycle, Dani was an undergraduate senior working towards a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Children and Families Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She was interested in exploring relationships between financial hardships, family environment and mental illness. Her project, “How Financial Disparities Affect Undergraduate Students Mental Health,” investigated the effects of financial disparities on students through analyzing their perceived stress, psychological symptomology and their level of floundering at college. Dani was curious to see the effect that socioeconomic status had on an individual’s grades, GPA and their motivation to pursue graduate school, medical school, etc. Following the conclusion of her project with the fellowship, Dani’s hope was to take this research and use it to encourage universities, as well as the government, to increase grants and scholarships for low-income students. 

During her fellowship, Dani worked with returning mentor and friend of Active Minds, Dr. Daniel Eisenberg and 2012 Emerging Scholar-turned-mentor, Sarah Ketchen Lipson, both of the Healthy Minds Network at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

After graduating and completing her fellowship, Dani started working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In September 2015, she continued the dissemination of her research with a presentation at the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health Conference in Columbia, South Carolina.

As if earning a first author publication wasn’t news enough, Dani also let us know that she accepted a position for a combined MSW/PhD program at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She’ll be studying how to improve mental health services for youth in low-resource environments.

Congratulations to Dani and as always, thank you to the Scattergood Foundation for their continued support and leadership in championing young behavioral health researchers!