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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Alexis Duckett
Project L/EARN Alumna - 2013
Alexis Duckett
Exploring the Mental Health Benefits of Marriage by Race and Socioeconomic Status
Dawne Mouzon, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Alexis Duckett is a rising junior from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill double majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Social and Economic Justice. After taking psychology statistics course and research methods, she was ready to get hands on experience with a research project and she believed Project L/EARN was the best opportunity for that. Alexis enjoyed many aspects of the program, especially getting to know the other interns. She says, “We have truly become a family throughout the past ten weeks. It is always great to be surrounded by likeminded individuals that share similar goals and aspirations. Since I am from out of state, they have been my family while I am away from mine.”

The most important thing Alexis learned in Project L/EARN is how to work smart and better manage her time. This summer she worked on a project exploring the mental health benefits of marriage by race and socioeconomic status with her mentor, Dr. Dawne Mouzon. She says, “the best part about working with my mentor was sharing her interest in her research areas which include a focus in minority health I have enjoyed working with her and have learned a lot about what it takes to conduct research and write a good paper.”

Alexis aspires to become a clinical psychologist who counsels families, couples, and children, working with families to help them reconcile their differences. She would also like to conduct research that focuses on minorities and relationships. Alexis believes that Project L/EARN has solidified her thoughts about a career in psychology and has piqued her interest in research. She advises future interns, “Project L/EARN is truly what you make it! It can be the start of your career in health research and is a great opportunity that will follow you the rest of your academic and professional career.”

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