Giselle Colorado is a rising senior at Douglass College, where she majors in honors psychology. She is the first person in her family to attend college.
At Rutgers, Giselle has worked in the Rutgers Foster Care Counseling Project, where she was a mentor and group therapy moderator for foster care children ages 7-17. She has also volunteered as a Head Start teacher’s assistant for toddlers ages 2-4. In her most recent internship, she worked at a counseling center called Women Helping Women that provided low-cost mental health services for women. Giselle is also involved with the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers (IWL), an organization that explores women’s leadership and their contributions to social change. She attributes this experience with having developed her feminist views and concern about women’s issues. These experiences have shaped Giselle’s educational goal, which is to attain a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology.
This summer, Giselle worked with Dr. Yana Rodgers on a project examining the effect of maternal education on various child health outcomes in Cambodia. She describes her mentor as “supportive and understanding” and appreciates her desire to help her succeed in her future endeavors. This year, Giselle plans to work on a Mabel Smith Douglass Honors Project focusing on resiliency factors in the Laws of Life program in Plainfield, NJ. She will also complete an internship at the Child Day Treatment Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – University Behavioral Health Care Center (UMDNJ-UBHC).