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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Shauna Patrick
Project L/EARN Intern - 2000
Shauna Patrick
Gender Bias as a Factor of Inpatient LOS Among Boys and Girls with Depression and Disruptive Behavior Disorder
Kathleen Pottick, Ph.D.
School of Social Work

Shauna had been a student at Livingston College who majored in English and minored in Communications. Project L/EARN had been Shauna's first experience with research. In fact, Shauna says she applied to Project L/EARN to expand her knowledge base in a field unrelated to her own. She is interested in pursuing a career in public relations and advertising, and feels that this program has made her more marketable to both graduate school and to her pursued career.

Shauna had worked with Dr. Kathleen Pottick on her summer project, which examined the impact of gender bias on the length of stay of children and adolescents with depression and disruptive behavior disorder. Of her interaction with Dr. Pottick, Shauna expresses sincere gratitude for the patience and guidance she demonstrated during her challenging experience with research. She also credits her interaction with Dr. Sarah Rosenfield in helping to define her research question, and points out that Dr. Rosenfield's study on labeling theory provided the theoretical framework for her project.

Shauna says Project L/EARN provided her with the challenge she was seeking, as every bit of the material was new to her. She goes on to express that, although challenging, she enjoyed being a part of the program. In particular, she found the nurturing environment created by fellow interns, instructional staff and program directors to be exceptional.

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