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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Amirah Yancey
Project L/EARN Intern - 2011
Amirah Yancey
Racial Differences in Coping: Explaining the Race Paradox in Mental Health
Dawne Mouzon, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Amirah Yancey is a rising senior at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is a member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. as well as Chaos Theory, a Rutgers-based dance team. As a psychology major, Amirah knew that she wanted to obtain a doctoral degree. She is a James Dickson Carr Scholar, an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar and a recipient of the Waksman, Selman and Deborah Scholarship and the Greenfield, Edward Scholarship.

Project L/EARN has broadened Amirah’s research interests and has provided her with the resources to set her career goals. Because of the research experience she obtained through Project L/EARN, she now plans to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. She believes that the program is designed to reward students by as much as they put into it. Over the course of the summer, Amirah’s time management skills and work ethic have greatly improved. She also developed a newfound interest in research and statistical analysis.

Amirah worked with Dr. Dawne Mouzon. Her research project analyzed racial differences in coping amongst Whites and Blacks in an attempt to explain why Blacks have better mental health outcomes than Whites. She found that although Blacks exhibit more coping than Whites, this difference does not account for the relationship between race and mental health. She considers Dr. Mouzon to be knowledgeable and easy to talk to and hopes to continue working with her throughout the academic year.

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