Tania Bailon is a rising senior at Douglass Rutgers College, where she majors in Psychology. Of Peruvian descent, Tania is the youngest of two biological brothers. Although she grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ, more than half of her family resides in Peru.
Tania first learned about the field of psychology as a grammar school student, when her brother recommended that she read the work of famous psychologists Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. She still remembers writing her first psychology paper on “Dreams,” and attributed this experience to her current educational and career goals. Tania first became interested in research as a career in high school, under the guidance of her Advanced Placement Psychology teacher.
This summer, Tania worked with her mentor, Prof. Peter Guarnaccia, on a project examining the effect of gender and depression on ataque de nervios among Latinos. Having a family friend who experiences ataque de nervios, Tania hopes to continue studying other types of cultural syndromes in South American countries. Although she found it hard to juggle multiple responsibilities in the program, she is happy she participated in Project L/EARN because it gave her “the opportunity to be under the guidance of prestigious faculty.
This year, Tania plans to open a Peruvian dance school in Perth Amboy, where she will participate as one of the Marinera Nortena and Festejo dancers. Tania hopes to attain her M.D. and Ph.D., and eventually work as a clinical psychologist and medical doctor in Peru.