MS/PhD Health Behavior Health Promotion
“In my time at MEZCOPH, the experience and knowledge I have gained from coursework, my advisors, and other activities has been invaluable. There are opportunities available for local organizations, government, and within MEZCOPH, and I am always able to make new connections with the community and people.”
Boring, Oregon (it’s real)Prior Degree(s):
B.S. Psychology, Western Oregon UniversityBefore entering the program:
Before entering the PhD program, I was finishing my undergraduate degree in psychology at Western Oregon University. I spent my six weeks of summer down-time packing and preparing for my transition to MEZCOPH.Why did you choose public health?
I chose public health because I wanted to be able to have an impact on communities. Public health was a perfect path to embrace my love of research and problem solving while staying involved in public service work. I believe in the importance of communities and social support within mental health research, so public health was a great fit for my career goals and beliefs.Why did you choose MEZCOPH?
I chose MEZCOPH for several reasons. The collaborative environment within the cohort, my advisor, funding, and the sunshine all were great reasons for me to choose MEZCOPH. Particularly, I was excited to work with a diverse group of talented, dedicated students and faculty.Public health interests:
My interests are focused primarily on youth mental illness prevention and mental health services. Specifically, my work involves youth suicide pre- and postvention care.Interests/hobbies outside of school:
I love to spend time outdoors, and Tucson is the perfect place for that. I run, rock-climb, and golf, all of which I can do year-round here. I do also enjoy spending time relaxing at home with my cat and going to the occasional happy hour.Tip for future students:
Get involved! Transitioning to a new place and program can be challenging, but making friends is a lot easier if you say yes to event participating in events, social activities, and MEZCOPH programs.