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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Cinthia Taylor
Project L/EARN Intern - 2001
Cinthia Taylor
The Effects of Depression and Religiosity Among the Elderly: A Longitudinal Study
Howard Leventhal, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor of Health Psychology
Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology

Cynthia had majored in Psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Her interest in Psychology was sparked in adolescence after receiving her first psychology textbook for Christmas. Cinthia was attracted to Project L/EARN because she thought it would be a program that would prepare her with the necessary research skills needed for graduate school. Cinthia is no stranger to research or volunteer work, as she strives "to make a difference in people's lives directly". As a student, she had volunteered at "Housing Works" and "Gods Love We Deliver", non-profit organizations that feed and care for homeless people and AIDS sufferers. She had also helped underprivileged children and adolescents. Prior to attending Project L/EARN, she had been selected to go to Poland to study the Holocaust, where she had been given the opportunity to view Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdenk, and the Warsaw Ghetto. Project L/EARN has an "intense workload" and is "demanding", which resulted in Cinthia becoming a stronger person, mentally. Through this experience, she had acquired the skill to work under pressure as well as to work with other mentors. In the future she would like to obtain a Psy.D so that she can eventually work in a clinic aiding those who suffer from serious psychoses.

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