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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Nicolette Cobbold
Project L/EARN Intern - 2011
Nicolette Cobbold
The Pathway from Obesity to Depression: Can It Be Explained by Comorbid Chronic Conditions?
Ayse Akincigil, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Nicolette Cobbold is a rising senior at Rutgers University, where she majors in Public Health. Nicolette applied to Project L/EARN because she felt she needed more than the research training provided in introductory undergraduate research methods courses. Also considering a future graduate school career, she knew Project L/EARN would be a step in the right direction. Her ultimate career goal is to be an epidemiologist in pharmaceutical research.

Nicolette believes the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom to real life is an extremely valuable experience. She notes that the challenges she experienced this summer were mitigated by having an unbelievably supportive cohort. She states “I honestly don’t think I could have survived Project L/EARN with any other group of interns.” Her cohort members are all personable, hardworking and intelligent. Her biggest challenge, however, was mastering advanced statistics in such a short period of time. Nicolette hopes to put her newly found statistical knowledge to good use, as she pursues either a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) or M.S in Epidemiology and eventually a Ph.D.

This summer, Nicolette worked with Dr. Ayse Akincigil, on a study examining whether obesity related chronic illnesses could explain the link between obesity and depression. She is thankful to her mentor for believing in her and constantly providing encouragement. Nicolette says to future Project L/EARN interns, “You will seriously impress yourself with the level of maturity and work ethic you gain after these 10 weeks.”

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