Abisola F Smith
I received my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a student in the Master of Psychological Science at the University of Illinois, I work alongside Dr. Helen Neville, who is a counseling psychologist in the Department of Educational Psychology. As a member of Dr. Neville’s research lab, I am involved in two programs of research. The first is #PowerUp, a youth participatory action research project that focuses on youth personal and research development around community violence. The second project, Policing in a Multiracial Society Project (PMSP), explores the influence of multicultural education on police recruits’ racial attitudes. In this project I have conducted interviews with police officers about their experience policing in a multicultural society. I am currently working on an empirical study examining the factors associated with police recruits’ ability to hear and process the information presented in the education modules.
In addition to working on these community projects, I am developing my own research interest in understanding the barriers that African American and Latino/a adolescents in foster care face when seeking help for mental health services. Specifically, I am interested in how mental health literacy, self and public stigma affect the ability of these youth to seek services.
Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.