At the beginning of the summer of 2019, CLCD hosted students to work on research relating to developmental disabilities in Ghana.
Summer in Pictures
CLCD's 2019 Intern Cohort
Devin Diggs will be a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame during the 2019-2020 school year. He is majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and plans to minor in Data Science. Devin is a member of the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program, a comprehensive merit scholarship that provides summer enrichment funding for students to have internship, service, and research opportunities. On campus, he is the Sophomore Class Vice President, a volunteer at the Early Childhood Development Center, and plans on researching resilience in mothers and children after domestic violence exposure.
Lauren Wolanin, a junior at Oakland University studying Health Sciences with a nutrition concentration. I work for University Housing as a Resident Assistant for freshman. I plan to get my masters and proper certification to go on to become a Registered Dietician. My long-term career goal is to work in an in-patient eating disorder clinic with adolescents! In my free time I volunteer at various on campus events, provide care for children in foster care, and plan events for my residents. I had the opportunity to visit Dine, Haiti two years ago and I developed a passion for global health. I hope to use my knowledge effectively and learn more about global health!
Claudia Gaither is a junior at Yale, majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She was born in Athens, Georgia, and graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 2016. Claudia has worked with the Caccone lab at Yale for the past two years, on projects focused on population-level genetic analysis of both tsetse fly and hookworm species, with implications for vector control and public health policy. She also works as a senior counselor for LEAP (Leadership, Education & Athletics in Partnership), a nonprofit that provides after-school tutoring for elementary and middle school students in New Haven public schools. Claudia is a staff writer for the Yale Politic, Yale’s political publication, and a member of Shaka, Yale’s only Polynesian dance group. After graduating, Claudia hopes to pursue a Master’s of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology, and to continue research in parasitology or vector-borne diseases.
Raychel Burke is a senior studying Exercise Science at Oakland University. While working her way through school she has studied the interrelations of physical fitness, disease prevention, stress management, nutrition and overall health promotion. Raychel practices fitness in her daily life and enjoys encouraging others to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health.
Victoria Fonzi is a second year student at the University of Georgia. She splits much of her time between volunteering with UNICEF USA at the local, state, and national levels and working on a neuroimmunology research project. However, she also finds time to teach GED lessons at the Athens-Clarke County prison, mentor a local high school student, and lead a 5th grade small group at her church. Victoria has been honored to be part of the UGA Foundation Fellowship and Stamps Scholarship communities. With degrees in cellular biology and health policy and management, she hopes to pursue a career as a physician in the field of maternal and child health
Loretta Eboigbe is a junior studying psychology at Brown University. She is passionate about child development, mental health, and social justice. She has served as a campus leader through various positions that emphasized diversity and inclusion, social wellness, and culturally-relevant advising. Loretta is passionate about community engagement and is a Bonner Community Leader with the Boys and Girls Club. As a fellow, she assisted with daycare programs and led initiatives for young girls on socioemotional development, body image, sexual health information, and self-confidence.
She began her research career last summer at an adult partial hospital program for mental health, where she interacted with patients, observed therapy sessions, and shadowed psychiatrists. She first-authored an independent research project that examined treatment non-adherence and treatment length in patients with bipolar disorder based on the episode type they were admitted to the partial program in. She is currently an undergraduate research assistant at the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience lab and assists with a project investigating children’s working memory, cognitive development, and socioeconomic status.
She is also a research intern at the Childhood Asthma Research Program and assists with an environmental asthma intervention for low-income families to reduce recurrent health care use. In the future, Loretta hopes to earn a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, inform community practices, advocate for inclusive policies, and consult education providers on appropriate services.
Maria Hartley is an MSN/MPH student at Johns Hopkins University, with a BSN degree from Benedictine College. In addition to working as a Registered Nurse in various hospital settings, she coordinated and ran service trips to rural villages in Guatemala. There she visited community members homes and gave them health education classes. She enjoys learning about international health disparities, especially in Hispanic communities and primary health interventions.
Terriyanna Bailey is an undergraduate student studying Biology at Tougaloo College. At Tougaloo, Terriyanna is a Global Leadership Academy Researcher within the Center for International Studies and Global Change (CISGC) where she conducts research on topics concerning international relations as it relates to: mentorship, etiquettes, government policy, external partnerships and much more. She also serves as a student intern with the United States Labor Against the War (USLAW) where she got the opportunity to travel to Seoul, South Korea and work alongside labor unions and social justice organizations both internationally and domestically. Terriyanna has been elected to serve as the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for the academic school year of 2019-2020. Terriyanna hopes to later obtain her Masters of Public Health and Medical Degree to later become an Infectious Disease Specialist.
Emmanuella Dwomo Agyei
Emmanuella Dwomo Agyei is a Sophomore student at St. Lawrence University majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Public Health. She went to the United World Colleges (UWC) Changshu, China in 2015 for an International Baccalaureate diploma. At St. Lawrence, she is a General Biology Teaching Assistant for the Biology department. She is also a member of the African Students Union and Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, a service organization that helps raise awareness and funds for social issues such as suicide, mental health, etc. She hopes to apply for an M.D./PHD program focusing on biological sciences in public health after her undergraduate education. She plans on returning to Ghana after studies to work in the health sector and conduct research. Emmanuella enjoys singing and is part of the Gospel Community Choir at St. Lawrence.