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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Ericka Wiggins
Project L/EARN Intern - 2006
Ericka Wiggins
Ethnic and Mental Health Differences in Adult Obesity
Susan Brownlee, Ph.D.

Ericka is a rising junior at Hampton University, majoring in Psychology. She is dedicated to the field of psychology because she feels that it is present in every aspect of life. During her undergraduate studies, Ericka has been an active part of the Psychology Club, serving as the treasurer and event/fundraiser organizer in her sophomore year. Raised in Hartford, CT, Ericka has seen firsthand the social problems that are prevalent in urban communities. These experiences have sparked Ericka’s desire to pursue a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology, with the ultimate goal of opening a mental health clinic targeting inner-city youth and adults with substance abuse problems.

As a Project L/EARN intern this summer, Ericka learned a great deal about analyzing data. She credits her success to the guidance of her mentor Dr. Susan Brownlee and the instructional staff . In addition she gives special thanks to Tonya Jones, a former Project L/EARN intern from Summer 2004 for all her help. She especially feels that the statistical concepts she learned this summer will help her succeed in the rest of her undergraduate studies and beyond. Beyond research methods and statistics, she feels that Project L/EARN has taught her the concept of time management – “Between homework, lab exercises, tests, research, and group projects, I was forced to form a more vigorous study plan.” Learning time management will undoubtedly help Ericka in her future studies.

As one of four children, Ericka credits her mother’s strong will and dedication for her success thus far in life. She is dedicated to obtaining the education, experience, and knowledge necessary to contribute to the field of psychology and give back to the urban community by improving the quality of life for its residents.

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