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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Nicole Jarrett
Project L/EARN Alumna - 1994
Nicole Jarrett
The Role of Stress and Social Support in the Health Process
Howard Leventhal, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor of Health Psychology
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology

Nicole Jarrett returned to the Institute to teach this years research methods class for the Project L/EARN interns. Nicole was a Project L/EARN intern in 1994. Subsequently, she was awarded a Minority Academic Careers Undergraduate Fellowship and completed her Henry Rutgers Honors Thesis. Under the supervision of her former Project L/EARN mentor Dr. Howard Leventhal, Nicole investigated health beliefs of elderly African-Americans on mammography. Currently, Nicole is a fourth year doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she received a 4 year fellowship with the National Institute on Aging. Her current research interests include neighborhood effects on childhood development.

Nicole was excited to come back to Project L/EARN in her new role. She credits Project L/EARN for sparking a real passion for health research and giving her the support and skills she needed to pursue independent research. According to Nicole, "The program is as challenging as I remembered it, but it has advanced and improved significantly, staying on the cutting edge of health research. As a staff member, I now know that the interns are not the only ones faced with an overwhelming amount of work during the summer." Although Nicole feels that a high intensity program such as Project L/EARN requires much careful planning and perseverance, she comments that "watching the interns present their final projects makes the whole endeavor worthwhile. Each intern has grown considerably. I hope they are as proud of their accomplishments as I am."

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