Jack Brooks is a rising senior originally from Traverse City, Michigan. She currently studies at New York University, majoring in Psychology, with minors in Computer Science and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Wanting to learn more about research, she believed Project L/EARN was the best opportunity to be able to complete her own research project. The best thing about the program for Jack was the statistical training. She says, “The statistical training wasn’t the most fun, but it was definitely really impressive. I think I learned more in the past 6 weeks than I did in two semester-long statistics and research methods courses.” Even though having to wake up early for class everyday was a bit of a challenge, Jack believes she’s learned so much this summer through working together with peers and balancing hard work and having fun.
This summer, Jack worked on a project exploring the strategies for greater adherence to inhaled corticosteroids in elderly asthmatic patients. She worked with her mentor, Dr. Howard Leventhal. She says, “Dr. Leventhal was always very careful to make sure I wasn’t feeling overwhelmed but also challenged me with more ideas and possible paths to take my project.” She especially loved his great stories!
After graduating, Jack plans to work for a couple of years and then go to graduate school to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is specifically interested in working with children and adolescents. After Project L/EARN, she feels more prepared to follow through with these plans. As encouragement to future interns, Jack says, “It’s not that bad! Don’t get too scared of the coursework and workload – you will be able to do it.”