Reaching the heart and soul of research
For teenagers with cystic fibrosis, maintaining a healthy weight can be a daily struggle. Any given day can include two to three hours of medical treatments, eating the caloric equivalent of a daily Thanksgiving meal to maintain nutrients and dealing with the stigmas of body image. A WVU psychology student is trying to make life easier for those teens. Park Ridge, Illinois, native Kristine Durkin, a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student, is conducting a study to identify the factors that contribute to meeting their dietary recommendations.
Expanding access and reducing stigma for mental health services
Serving in the Army National Guard has inspired one West Virginia University student to pursue a career combating stigmas surrounding mental health. Green Bank native Dustin Dilley, a first-year Master of Social Work student, first learned about the social work profession while completing the National Guard’s basic leader course in South Carolina.