STUDENT CIRCLE RESEARCH
The Student Circle Research Committee is responsible for providing student focused research and scholarship information to Student Circle Members, as well as information that is relevant for the Journal of Black Psychology (JBP). This involves promoting student involvement in research and publication, and acting as a liaison between the JBP and the Student Circle.
Student Researchers Highlight!!!
One of my goals as the Research Chair is to encourage student members to participate in conducting research studies. As a fellow student circle member I believe conducting research is an important step in the development of our careers. If you have conducted or are in the process of conducting a research study pertaining to the ideals of ABPsi please write a brief paragraph with the following:
The currently featured ABPsi Student Circle Student Research Scholar is Lauren D. Birks. She is a senior Psychology Major at the University of Texas. Her research interests include:
- - Support systems and resources that increase students of color achievement
- - How children's and adolescents' mental health is impacted by various factors (i.e. cultural, education, race/ethnicity) and empirically-based treatment to help these children and adolescent cope
Summer 2011 Lauren conducted her own research project through the McNair Scholars Program Summer Research Institute.
The Impact of African American Academic-Professional Student Organizations on African American College Students' Adjustment and Career Goals
Lauren D. Birks, BA May 2013 Supervised by Keisha Bentley-Edwards, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin McNair Scholars Program
Research suggests that a major component in helping African American students successfully adjust socially and academically at a Predominately White Institution (PWI) is their involvement in a Black student organization (Guiffrida & Douthit, 2010). Involvement in an affinity group organization provides African American students the opportunity to connect with African American faculty and students who can they identify with and support each other in many areas of the college experience. Through an online survey African American undergraduate and graduate students reflected on their student involvement in various student organizations and how these organizations impacted their college and career development. The present study hypothesized that African American academic-professional student organizations have more positive impact on African American student college adjustment and career goals than any other student organizations. Results show that African American Academic-Professional student organizations greatly impact students' emotional, academic, interactions with faculty, and professional adjustment and development.
The following reading list is offered for your continued growth!
AFRICAN AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGY
A SELECTED ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY
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