Recent OEMA interns

Interns describe their experiences at APA and beyond
Farzana Saleem

Farzana SaleemI began my experience working for the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) the summer after I completed my bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. I was excited to have the opportunity to work for APA and specifically in OEMA. Their office initiative to increase the psychological science of how culture and ethnicity impact behavior was linked to my research interests. Because I had intentions of applying to a psychology doctoral program, I felt this experience would be extremely valuable, and indeed it was.

Over the past year I assisted with multiple projects and grants that promoted the study and application of diversity. I gained experience reviewing grant applications and learning how to manage and allocate the Committee of Ethnic Minority Recruitment Retention and Training (CEMRRAT) Implementation Grant Fund budget. Another major project was to aid in the office initiative to address health disparities by researching educational material, drafting write-ups, planning community outreach events, and locating potential funding opportunities. I also attended the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and CEMRRAT committee meetings, which exposed me to current topics in the psychology field and gave me a better understanding of APA’s structure. Outside of the office I took advantage of other social and educational activities organized by APA such as, networking events with psychologists, advocacy training on Capitol Hill, lunch with APA’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Norman Anderson, and even ice cream socials!

This fall I will begin the clinical psychology PhD program at George Washington University. There, I will pursue my research interests investigating the influence of culture and context on mental health and resiliency among minority populations. I am thankful for my experience in OEMA, which has undoubtedly prepared me for a successful start in graduate school.

Nneka O.S. Nnadozie, MA

Nneka O.S. Nnadozie, MAIn the spring of 2012 I completed the second year of my clinical PsyD program, and successfully passed my preliminary oral defense for my dissertation which is tentatively titled Do Women Who Engage In Street Prostitution Possess A More Negative Attributional Style Than Women Who Have No History Of Prostitution? I possess an emphasis in forensic psychology and have an interest in working with sex workers, human trafficking victims, and women of color in the criminal justice system. I will begin a one year practicum at Mule Creek Prison in the fall of 2012; at this practicum I will provide individual and group counseling to mentally ill inmates. I am also the fundraising chair for the Association of Black Psychologists-student circle. In addition, I am pursing a position with the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students (CPAGS) as a committee member for the diversity and mentorship programs. Currently, I am a summer intern for the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Danielle J. Stephenson

Danielle J. StephensonI am a senior psychology and Spanish double major at Howard University. I have a keen interest in working with underserved populations, especially the Latino population. Currently, I am a summer volunteer at the Latin American Youth Center located in Washington, D.C., and an intern for the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. In the future I hope to become a bilingual clinical psychologist and continue to serve ethnic minorities.