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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Breanna Brock
Project L/EARN Intern - 2016
Breanna Brock
Racism-Related Coping and Mental Health Among African Americans
Dawne Mouzon, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Breanna Brock is a rising senior from Baltimore ,Maryland pursuing a B.S. in Public Health, Sociology and Africana Studies at Rutgers University (’17). Having always been interested in research, Breanna knew that Project L/EARN would afford her the opportunity to combine her three areas of interest and meet many influential leaders within the field of research. Over the summer Breanna had the opportunity to work with her mentor, Dr. Dawne Mouzon to study the gender differences in coping strategies on the mental health of African Americans. Breanna believes the best part about working with her mentor was being able to see herself represented in a field she hopes to one day enter. Upon graduation Breanna hopes to follow in the footsteps of her mentor by gaining a Ph.D and becoming a professor at a research institution where she can continue to conduct research. For Breanna the most difficult part of Project L/EARN was balancing her mental health with the rigorous requirements of the experience. However, she believes the best part of the experience was being able to develop a relationship with her mentor as it made her more confident in her future academic and career goals and helped her to understand what to expect in graduate school. Breanna wants future interns to know that “Regardless of how you feel in week 3 or week 7 you will finish by the grace of God.”

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