Cherrelle is a rising senior at Hampton University, currently majoring in Psychology. She worked with Dr. Usha Sambamoorthi this summer on a research project that analyzed whether obese, depressed patients are less likely to receive anti-depressant treatment due to competing demands in the clinical encounter.
At Hampton University Cherrelle is the secretary of the peer counseling organization. Her educational goals include attaining a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is interested in racial identity development as per the William Cross model.
Her experiences with Project L/EARN has reinforced her desire to enter the field of psychology. Ultimately she would like to work with those dealing with mental illness. She specifically hopes to work with children and adolescents with mental illness, and would also like to explore couples and family counseling. Her ultimate goal is to start her own private practice, opening mental health centers in low-income communities.
Cherrelle believes that Project L/EARN was a great opportunity in that it provided her with valuable research experience, hands-on mentorship, and graduate school resources such as GRE preparation classes. Like the rest of this year’s interns, Cherrelle is appreciative of the bonds she created with her cohort, which she believed helped to support them through such a rigorous program. She also believes that Project L/EARN has “taught me lessons that will prove valuable in life.”