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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Cherise Mohammed
Project L/EARN Intern - 2014
Cherise Mohammed
Wives’ Mental Health: Does it Matter if a Woman Earns More Than Her Husband?
Kristen Springer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

Cherise Mohammed is a rising senior at Rutgers University double majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Human Resources. Cherise was motivated to apply to Project L/EARN because she wanted to work closely with an experienced faculty member who could help her get exposure to what it is like being a professional in academia. In the future she wants to attain a Ph.D. in either clinical Psychology or Sociology. Cherise found that her experience in Project L/EARN has broadened her perspective on what fields of study she can pursue and additionally, what career options are available.

Over the summer Cherise worked with her mentor, Dr. Kristen Springer, exploring wives’ breadwinning and its effect on mental health. Cherise appreciated the support she received from her mentor and the ability to openly communicate with her. She says “Dr. Springer constantly made herself available and did everything she could do to help me, she made me feel comfortable and directed me in any way I needed.” Cherise is grateful for being able to learn multiple aspects of social science research by working closely with Dr. Springer.

The most challenging part of Project L/EARN for Cherise was the amount of material to learn in such a short period of time. However, she appreciates being able to receive hands-on training using statistical software that she can use in the future. Cherise advises future interns to keep a positive attitude, she says “ Project L/EARN is a great deal of work and there are times where you will doubt yourself and your abilities, so it is important to remember that you were chosen because you have the ability to excel.”

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