Graduate School Graduate Diversity Fellows

 

Savannah Hatton

 Savannah Hatton

Savannah Hatton is a Ph.D student in the Sociology department. Originally from Greenville, Indiana, she tripled majored in sociology (with a focus in Gender Studies), Communications (with a focus in Theatrical Performance), and an Individualized Major in Japanese Language and Culture from Indiana University Southeast. My hometown is Greenville, Indiana.  My undergraduate school was Indiana University Southeast. 

 Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

And my favorite part of studying at UofL so far has been how personally invested the faculty have been in my success.

 

Nicolas Wright 

Nicolas Wright

Nicholas Wright is pursing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling and Personnel Services with a specialization in College Student Personnel. Originally from Cerulean, Kentucky Nicholas received his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree at the University of Louisville. His favorite aspect of studying at UofL is that he appreciates the community and learning more ways to help students on their path to education.

What is your research interest?

My research is on Multiracial students and their sense of belonging on a predominately white institution.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

I chose UofL because of the scholarship/fellowship I received and because my wife was in graduate school here as well. I stayed at UofL because of my passion for this university and the students. 

 

Nana Bullock

 

Nana Bullock

Nana Bullock is PhD student majoring in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. Originally from Accra, Ghana and Chicago, IL where she received her undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and masters from Michigan State University. Her favorite aspect of studying at UofL is the opportunity to grow and learn new things as well as the caring and always willingness to help from faculty.

What is your research interest?

My research interest in infectious disease among vulnerable populations. I am mostly interested in the risk of HIV among women and children.

For my Ph.D. studies, I am hoping to investigate the variables that influence the risk of HIV infections among adolescents and young women especially child brides.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

I chose my degree at U of L because of the extensive body of research and resources the faculty at the School of Public have to support me in my research area!

Kendria Kelly- Taylor 

Kendria Kelly-Taylor

Kendria Taylor is a Ph.D student majoring Epidemiology and Population Health, originally from Atlanta, GA., Kendria pursued her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, and masters from Meharry Medical College. Her favorite aspect of studying at the University of Louisville is being afforded quality research and teaching opportunities under mentors that have an investment in their students.

What is your research interest?

I am primarily interested in Reproductive and Perinatal epidemiology, specifically understanding the factors that contribute to the higher rates of infant and maternal mortality among African American women compared to other racial and ethnic groups. In addition, I am interested in Adverse childhood experience and its association to diseases and other outcomes. Lastly, I am interested in using epidemiological methods and research to implement structural policy change and social justice reforms.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

I had an opportunity to meet some former U of L students in my current program at the 2018 American Public Health Association Conference. They talked highly about the program and faculty, which sparked my interest. I had an opportunity to tour the campus and meet faculty soon after and really felt that the faculty and current students resemble a tight knit family; caring and supportive, two things I was looking for while applying for schools. In addition, the department was able to allocate funds towards my education which was an important factor in the decision-making process.  

 

PilarPrather

Pilar Prather

 Pilar Prather was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Murray State University and her Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a doctoral student working on her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development. Her research includes the study of economic empowerment and financial advancement for people of color.

Her favorite aspect of studying at University of Louisville is that she gets to further her educational pathway and reach her educational goals.

 

Stephanie Chin

Stephanie Chin

Stephanie Chin is a doctoral student majoring in Philosophy in Counseling Psychology. Stephanie is from Long island, NY where she received her bachelors from New York University and received her masters from CUNY Hunter College. Her favorite aspect of studying at UofL was how supportive and collaborative my program is and the university overall. Moving to Louisville was a huge transition but everyone here is extremely welcoming!

What is your research interest?

My research interests include how cultural values and family dynamics impact resilience, family coping and mental illness or psychological well-being in Asian American and Pacific Islander populations.

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at UofL?

I was really looking forward to working with my advisor. Our research interests align well and I was confident that she would assist in disseminating research important to me. I liked how tight-knit the program is and that it offers many opportunities and experiences to work with various populations in the community.

 

Jason Deakings

 

Jason Deakings

Major:Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences - Public Health

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Slippery Rock University

Graduate Institution: Meharry Medical College

Favorite Aspect of studying at UofL:  The research opportunities and colleague support.  

  

Cassie Gonzalez

 

Cassie Gonzalez

Major:Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Hometown: Ashland, Kentucky

Undergraduate Institution:University of Louisville

Graduate Institution: Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, pursing my PhD in Clinical Psychology here at the University of Louisville

Favorite Aspect of studying at UofL:  I completed my undergraduate degree at U of L, so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for this University. I absolutely love the school spirit and being part of the Cardinal family!  

Research Interest:  Health Psychology focusing on behavioral changes and health-related outcomes in adults.  

Pursue degree at U of L:  I chose to pursue my degree at UofL because I highly respect the faculty and staff in the Psychology department. My mentor and I share the same passion and interest in health psychology as well. I feel that I can really grow and develop as a person, student, and professional here at UofL.  

Matthew Elder 

Matthew Elder

Major:Biology PhD Program

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Undergraduate Institution:Virginia Tech; B.S. in Biological Sciences; James Madison University; M.S. in Biology

Graduate Institution: Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University, pursing my PhD in Clinical Psychology here at the University of Louisville

Favorite Aspect of studying at UofL:  The ability to perform research that matters for ecology and conservation, with faculty that are knowledgeable and supportive and can help me become a better scientist.  

Research Interest:  Behavioral ecology and conservation of birds and mammals. Right now I'm expecting to focus on Cooper's Hawk behavioral ecology and the differences they exhibit between urban and rural habitats.  

Pursue degree at U of L:  The opportunity to work with my advisor was the biggest thing that sold me on coming here. The ability to focus on research that I'm passionate about is also very important, and Louisville is a great place to live, but my advisor was the single biggest factor for me.