McNair Scholar Kemar Prussien to work with CRPSIR
June 24, 2013
Kemar Prussien (Psychology, '15) recently began work with the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery (CRPSIR) as a McNair Scholar. The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 200 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society. McNair scholars work with a faculty mentor, who guides them through a research project, developing an effective conference presentation, and the application process for graduate school, among other assignments.
Kemar's mentor is Dr. Janis Whitlock, CRPSIR director. Kemar is interested in translational research focused on the family experiences of a child with a chronic illness, mental disorder, or maladaptive behavior (such as self-injury). Her CRPSIR research project will mainly focus on the parental experience of their child's self-injurious behavior and how their experiences can aid other caregivers through a child's recovery.