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Student Profiles: Fall 2013

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1177_13_003.jpgNadia Morehand
Undergraduate Student
Biology & Society

Nadia Morehand (’16) is a Biology & Society major in the College of Human Eclolgy. In the fall 2013 semester, Nadia has been working for Nancy Schaff and Adam Davis in 4-H doing research on girls in STEM careers. In the spring she will be working on putting together an information guide about the benefits of robotics that educators can use to bring these tools into the classroom. Nadia enjoys doing this type of research because she has already been involved in teaching robotics to children ages 7-12 and sees a huge benefit generally within a two-year course. She has previously worked for a science and math camp, specifically teaching robotics, for two summers. Nadia is also part of the pre-med program and very interested in youth development. As a pre-med student, she would like to concentrate in the area of youth cognitive development. Her research at the BCTR focuses on aspects of development that would maximize cognitive acceleration in youth. She hopes to attend medical school in the future. Nadia also loves running through the Plantations, spending time with her sorority sisters, and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Cornell campus.

 

0967_12_025.jpgJing Huang
BCTR Alum

At the BCTR, Jing worked as an undergraduate research assistant with the Self-Injury Program, investigating self-injury and recovery under Amanda Purington and Dr. Janis Whitlock. She first developed an interest in self-injury and mental health in middle school when the coping behavior grew in popularity among her classmates. She performed personal research on the phenomenon and focused her studies on psychology and neurobiology courses at Cornell University. During her senior year, she discovered The Self-Injury Program and found it to be a perfect opportunity to research an area that exactly matched her interests. Her academic and research experiences have motivated her to become a psychiatrist and help those with mental illnesses achieve an improved quality of life. After investigating risk factors, models of recovery, and first-hand accounts of self-injury at the BCTR, Jing has gained valuable knowledge that she plans to apply to her future career in medicine.

Jing graduated in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Biology. Before attending medical school, Jing hopes to take a few gap years to become a clinical research coordinator and gain experience interacting with patients and physicians. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, singing, reading, and spending time with friends.

 

0163_12_017.jpgMargaret McCarthy
Graduate Student
Human Development

Margaret’s primary work as a graduate research assistant has been at the BCTR's National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN). where she assisted in maintaining a database of measures used in NDACAN datasets, cleaned and recoded data, wrote users’ guides to datasets, co-wrote the five-year federal grant proposal that continued archive funding, and supported attendees at the annual Summer Research Institute. Margaret has assisted with several other BCTR projects, including the Nurse Family Partnership and, most recently, Complementary Strengths. She also serves as a translator for Small Changes and Lasting Effects.

Margaret is a fifth year doctoral candidate in Human Development. Prior to coming to Cornell, she completed a J.D. at Columbia University School of Law (1989), and an A.B. at Columbia College, Columbia University (1986). Margaret has two decades of experience as an attorney, with extensive experience representing adults and children living in poverty in criminal and family law cases, as well as representing administrative agencies in child abuse and neglect cases. Since 2004, Margaret has been a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University School of Law, teaching trial techniques in a clinical Trial Advocacy course. Her interest in doctoral education was sparked by a desire to conduct well-designed translational research on issues impacting children and families living in poverty.

Currently, Margaret is starting work on her doctoral dissertation, which will focus examine the well-being of foster children placed with and without siblings. Caregiver characteristics, the quality of the relationship between caregiver and child as well as child characteristics and the relationship of children to siblings and other family members will be examined.

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Margaret plans to continue translational research and teaching. When she is not working on her degree, Margaret enjoys spending time with her family and renovating her historic home.