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Carlisha Hall

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Two years ago, I received a post-baccalaureate certificate from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studying the influence of the social environment on the clinical course of attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) outcomes. My research experience at the NIH helped paved the way for my current interest in mental health. During my time at the NIH, I also participated in a health disparities curriculum where I learned about the influenced of social determinates on health-related outcomes. The curriculum covered a series of topics on social issues including social stratification, diversity in the work place, discrimination, and racial inequality. It was at the NIH that I realized I wanted to help reduce inequalities and pursue a career that integrated environmental studies with public health. When I applied to UC Merced, I was interested in examining the psychological effects of connections with nature and how they might promote positive health outcomes, particularly in low-income communities. However, as I continue to refine my research interest, I am considering the mental health effects of climate change as a potential research area for my graduate study.

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Academic Bio
US Fish and Wildlife, AmeriCorps Service Alumni (2017-2018)

National Institutes of Health Post Baccalaureate/ NIH academy participant (2016-2017) 

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Concentration in Environmental Science  
Minor in Geology and Biology  
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke NC , Cum Laude (2016)  
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Fellow (2013-2016)

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Internship recipient (2014)

Crosby Scholars Grant Recipient (2012-2016)

NC GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholarship Recipient (2015) 

Dr. Sidra Goldman-Mellor