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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Wendy Lopez
Project L/EARN Alumna - 1998
Wendy Lopez
Poverty and Housing Factors as Predictors of Asthma in Children
Jane Miller, Ph.D.
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Wendy had been a psychology major entering her senior year during the time of her internship. She moved to New Jersey from New York because her parents wanted her to have a better education. She chose to come to RU because she wanted to stay close to her family.

Wendy had been looking for the opportunity to work with faculty mentors on research projects because she felt this would prepare her for graduate school. She became interested in Project L/EARN because she felt she could get this and a lot more out if it.

Leaving the Project L/EARN internship she feels she has a better grasp on how to use SPSS, SAS, and basic statistics than when she started the program. Wendy realized that "it was a lot of work, but coming to the end, I know a lot more than when I started."

Prior to Project L/EARN Wendy's career goals lay in forensic psychology, where she hopes to make a difference for juvenile delinquents, preventing institutionalization into adult facilities. As an intern, Wendy worked with Dr. Jane Miller analyzing data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey III. This internship has left Wendy with a decision between studying forensic psychology, clinical psychology, or continuing with research in psychology. Regardless of what she chooses we know she will be a success.

Wendy is thankful to her mentor Dr. Miller, Dr. Guarnaccia, and Ms. Davis for giving her this opportunity and for helping her and offering their advice to the Project L/EARN interns.

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