For twenty years, our research assistants (RAs) have been the lifeblood of the Women’s Mental Health Program. They come to us fresh out of college, aiming to get into graduate school, willing to work extremely hard for little pay. We throw them into the deep end of the pool, challenging them to keep learning. We try to reward their effort by teaching them how to care for patients and how to conduct quality research, giving them opportunities to brush up their resumes as co-authors on scientific publications, and overall, doing our best to prepare them to continue in school.
After a couple (sometimes more) years, they leave us and go on to make us very proud for having had the opportunity to make a small contribution to their training. They go on to become mothers, fathers, doctors, psychologists, social workers, physician assistants, teachers, and nurses. Or as a colleague once said, “They become good humans.”
Truth be told, the WMHP RAs have given us far more than they have received from us. Their enthusiasm keeps the work fun for us all. But the true measure of their contribution is best seen in the impression they leave on our patients. Years later, patients continue to ask about our past RAs, calling them by name. We are forever indebted to the Grasshoppers.
Post-WMHP Education: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Houston, 2005
Now: Psychologist & Owner, Katy Center for Psychology & Counseling Services, Katy, TX
Married to Travis 13 years/3 kiddos/Running marathons, running after the kiddos, and coaching runners/teach some graduate students as an Adj Prof. at Houston Baptist University/Still fish any chance I get!
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 1999
Internal Medicine Residency, Univ. of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, 2002
Cardiology Fellowship, University of Texas Health Sciences Center-San Antonio, 2005
Now: Cardiologist, Plano, TX
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., University of California – San Francisco, 2009
Now: Psychiatry Resident, Emory University School of Medicine
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2005
Urology Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2010
Now: Urologist, Buffalo, NY
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Medical College of Georgia, 2006
Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Virginia, 2010
Now: Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.
Completing Masters of Science in Clinical Research.
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Loma Linda University, 2007
Residency in Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital & Research Center, Oakland, CA, 2010
Now: Pediatrician, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, CA
Post-WMHP Education: Psy.D., Georgia School of Professional Psychology, 2011
Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Atlanta Psychological Associates, Atlanta, GA
Post-WMHP Education: M.D., Drexel University, 2009
Now: Chief Resident, Family Practice, York, PA
Post-WMHP Education: M.S.W., University of Georgia, 2003
Now: LCSW, Life Enrichment Counseling Center, Manassas, VA
Now: Associated Sponsored Research Administrator, Emory University, Depts. of Psychiatry & Neurology
Lives in Gainesville with husband Michael, two children Julian and Lily and an always present menagerie of pets.
Post-WMHP Education: M.S.W., Loyola University Chicago, 2007
Now: LSW in Connecticut
Post-WMHP Education: M.A., Psychology, Georgia State University, 2010
Post-WMHP Education/Now: Ph.D. Student, Georgia State University
Post-WMHP Education/Now: Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University
Post-WMHP Education: M.P.C. Student, Georgia State University
Now: Intern, Sheltered Cove Counseling Center, Douglasville, GA
Post-WMHP Education: M.A.T., Emory University Laney Graduate School, 2010
Now: 4th Grade Teacher, Gwinnett Public Schools
Post-WMHP Education/Now:Physician Assistant Student, Emory University School of Medicine
Post-WMHP Education/Now: MPH student at Emory Rollins School of Public Health
Post-WMHP Education/Now: Psy.D. student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Now: Research coordinator at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences