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Psychology News

Date: Apr 2021

We are happy to feature Olivia Gooch (’22 Psychology) this week!

Olivia Gooch

Olivia is currently in her junior year. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Counseling and Human Services. As a student athlete, she is a mid-distance runner on the track and field team. She is now training very hard to qualify for the MAC championship!

Olivia is doing very well in her courses. In fact, she was invited to serve as the Teaching Support for courses such as Cognitive Psychology and Experimental Design and Analysis I. She is completing a research study that that focuses on political satisfaction and race with Dr. Metzger. Olivia is planning to apply for graduate programs in school psychology in the future.

When she is not in the classroom, research lab, or track, you can find Olivia working as a student leader. She is serving as a Secretary for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the Mid-Atlantic Student Athletic Advisory Committee. These two committees are discussing about the implementation of NCAA regulations for event planning. Olivia is also an active participant of student clubs and organizations such as R.E.A.C.H. and Psychology Club.

We asked Olivia to provide some advice for fellow students about how to thrive in school, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Olivia said, “Time management is the best advice that I can give. I personally write everything down to plan out my day. In addition, your teammates are the best people you can talk to if you ever need help or support.” In her spare time, Olivia loves doing arts and craft to de-stress.

Interested in learning more about Stevenson’s very own track team? Visit the Go Mustangs Sports website to see their playing schedule.

Written by: Funmi Dada

We are proud to feature our alum Sophia Allen (’11 Psychology) this week.

Sophia Allen

Sophia is currently working as a Research Administrator at Johns Hopkins University. Her day-to-day duties include entering data, submitting IRB proposals, reviewing consent forms, renewing grants, amending protocol amendments, and monitoring patients for any medications or adverse reactions. Her excellent writing skills and extensive knowledge in research contribute to her success in this position.

Sophia has a strong research interest in HIV prevention. She is working on a project that aims to develop another form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication used for preventing the transmission of HIV. Additionally, Sophia is working on a project that develops medications for immunocompromising conditions. She hopes to work with underserved communities to raise awareness of HIV prevention.

Sophia was a nontraditional student who started college at Stevenson at the age of 21. Besides excelling in her courses, Sophia was very active on campus as she worked for ResLife and was a key member of the Psychology Club. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011, and shortly after, Sophia started working for Johns Hopkins University.

“There is so much that you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology,” said Sophia. “It is a really versatile degree and I encourage students to check in with their advisors about their future goals. When I was at Stevenson, Dr. Iannone provided with me with lots of help in honing the skills I needed to secure a job. The psychology program is like family to me, and it has prepared me so well for the real world.”

Congratulations to Sophia on her success and we wish her luck for her future endeavors. Please stay in touch!

Written by: Funmi Dada

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