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Immanuela O

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


Clinical psychology, mental health research, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, treatment implementation and dissemination

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

How does mindfulness reduce anxiety?

This research idea would allow the student to investigate some of the mechanisms through which both mindfulness and anxiety act, and draw connections between the two to determine how they interact. Through searching existing literature online in research databases, the student would learn to conduct a literature review on a given topic and identify gaps in the literature. The review could be written up and submitted for publication to a scientific high school journal.

Coping with contamination obsessions during COVID-19

This idea would allow the student to investigate the effects of COVID-19 and how people cope, specifically with contamination given its relevance due to the pandemic. With the outcome of a scientific research paper, the student could begin with exploring some of the current literature before designing a questionnaire using validated scientific measures to collect data from peers. Once collected, these data could be analyzed, reported, and interpreted in a scientific research article.

Creating a stress intervention for high school students during exam season

With this example, the student could design an intervention to attempt to reduce stress that high school students face during exam seasons. They could begin by conducting surveys on some of the causes of stress in high school students and use existing literature and relate interventions to design their own, specifically tailored to a given situation (e.g. stress during SAT prep). This intervention could be through an app, school sponsored events, etc. This would allow the student to gain implementation and dissemination skills, along with the skills necessary to design a study.

Coding skills

R & RStudio, SPSS

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