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Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Lab
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Welcome to the Marginalization, Mental Health, and Empowerment Working Group (MMHE) at Teachers College! Our team is run by Melanie E. Brewster, Ph.D. and two faculty collaborators, Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D. and Gregory Payton, Ph.D., in addition to two student research team coordinators, Jessica Esposito, M.A. and Aasha Foster, M.A. from the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. The team includes both doctoral and masters-level students from Teachers College. To learn more about team members, please browse our individual profile pages.

Building a more inclusive psychology. 

As the title of our team implies, we focus on empowering marginalized groups and part of that work is done through empowering ourselves as a team. Each member of the MMHE team, whether masters-level student or faculty member, is encouraged to discuss compelling research topics and are given the unique opportunity to collaborate on projects. No matter your year or position in your program, we approach ideas with diplomacy and genuine interest in each others' work. In addition, members of the team are engaged on all levels of projects --from conceptualization to writing and publication -- with the goal being to help each other develop research expertise. We also work on papers, presentations, and projects collaboratively; each weekly team meeting is used to discuss and relay progress across projects. And, of course, food is often a big part of our meetings.