About the Current Team
I am currently a second-year Master’s student in the Mental Health Psychological Counseling program. I am also a counseling intern at the Jewish Theological Seminary Counseling Center, providing individual and group psychotherapy services for all students within the Jewish Theological Seminary. Additionally, I am a Peer Advocate at the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, serving all members of the Columbia community (including Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, and the Columbia University Medical Campus).My previous undergraduate research at Cornell University was primarily focused on personality and attachment theory, with an emphasis on assisting projects to determine the existence of “gaydar” and determining the factors influencing partner preference. My current research interests at Teachers College are focused on the impact of the intersections of personal identities (e.g., sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, etc.) on body image, self-perception, and self-esteem. Other general research areas of interest are: self and identity, microaggressions, spirituality, and multicultural competence within counseling. My current research project, entitled “Exploring the Conceptualization of Body Image in Asian American Women: Negotiating Cultural Standards of Beauty, Cultural Identity, and the Implications for Eating Disorder Risk” seeks to understand how the cultural identity of Asian American women, ages 18-29, impacts their formation and maintenance of their body image. Eventually, I aim to create more multiculturally-competent measures of body image and eating disorder risk for Asian American women. I am additionally working with Dr. Marie Miville at Teachers College to create a content analysis investigating how a multicultural framework can be applied to existing inventories of sex and gender roles. Outside of the research team, I enjoy reading, running, cooking, and discovering new eateries in new cities.