Valentine had been a sociology major at Livingston College (Rutgers University). She was attracted to Project L/EARN by the opportunity to study mental health. The research statistics and methods training were just icing on the cake. Valentine plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Masterís degree in Social Work.
As an intern, Valentine worked under the guidance of Drs. Pottick and Warner and had continued the affiliation as an NIMH academic year intern on their research team. Their work for the Annie E. Casey Foundation had afforded Valentine the rare opportunity to analyze childrenís mental health care from an epidemiological perspective. Valentine has capitalized on this opportunity, examining the gray area of diagnosis for children with behavior dysfunction severe enough to result in exposure to the mental health system. She has tackled the formidable task of deciphering how mental health professionals differentiate between those with ADHD and those with conduct disorder. She will continue to pursue this area of research, as evident in her senior thesis.