Zuhri is a senior Psychology major who has worked with the Clinical Health Research Team for two years. She was interviewed by senior Marissa DeStefano.
UofSHealthPsych: Where are you from?
ZO: I’m from Scranton, I’m so basic.
UofSHealthPsych: Why did you choose Scranton?
ZO: I transferred here from another college. I chose Scranton because after having a bad experience at the other college, I wanted to come home. The U is close to home and I knew it was a good school. I heard good things about the school because I went to Scranton prep.
UofSHealthPsych: Why did you decide to major in Psychology?
ZO: Originally at my first college I was a genetic engineering major. When I transferred here I was a neuroscience major. Then, I took chemistry and it was a terrible adventure. I was taking Psyc 110 at the time with Dr. Kuhle, and he made psychology seem really cool and fun. From there my love of psychology took off.
UofSHealthPsych: What inspired you to join the Clinical Health Psychology Lab?
ZO: I had Dr. Arigo for abnormal psychology and I thought she would be great to work with, and I was interested in her research in health psychology when she talked about it in class. I wanted to take her health psychology course in the spring but I couldn’t, so I decided to join the lab instead.
UofSHealthPsych: What are some of the projects you are involved in?
ZO: I presented a poster at Student Scholar Day last semester with Kristen Pasko, which was about postmenopausal women’s exercise behaviors. This semester I’m really involved with Project CHASE – recruiting and running participants, managing data. I am currently working on my own research questions related to social aspects of health behavior.
UofSHealthPsych: What advice do you have for students who might be interested in research?
ZO: Start as early as possible. Go outside of what you think your interests are. Pay attention to professors and reach out to them.
UofSHealthPsych: What are you plans for after graduation? Future career goals?
ZO: I’m graduating in December, and next semester I will still be participating in the lab. I am currently applying to grad school for clinical social work programs. I want to be a clinical social worker so that I can do research and clinical work. I want to work with the adult population, people who are \20-50 years old. I’m still not sure exactly what setting I would like to work in.
UofSHealthPsych: What will you miss most about Scranton?
ZO: The people!