- Research Program Mentor
PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University
Children's Clinical psychology, Risk and resilience, Trauma, Personality Disorders, Gun Violence, Video Games
BioHi! My name is Mytien, and I am currently a Children’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. I have experience working in various psychology research labs such as neuroscience, health, and developmental. My interests lie within interventions for trauma-related experiences (e.g., adverse childhood experiences, gun-violence, mass school shootings, political/war traumas) using developmental, neurocognitive, and culturally inclusive frameworks. My ideal study examines how video games can help alleviate PTSD symptoms by targeting parts of the brain relating to memory! I am a Los Angeles native, so naturally, one of my favorite things to do is eat acai bowls while watching the sunset at the beach! I love shopping, playing CPU games, cooking new recipes for my friends and family, and deeply discussing each Marvel movie's meanings. I went to a teaching university for my undergrad where I, fortunately, found mentors and advisors who introduced and guided me to a career in teaching, mentoring, and researching. Because of their impactful guidance, I hope to inspire others who are new to the field and use my acquired skill set to successfully help you reach your goals!!
But, does it work for me?: Making therapies culturally effective!
In clinical psychology, we are often taught that specific therapies and treatments work for specific disorders and diagnoses. However, the majority of the science behind these treatments is for the Caucasian male population. This project will dive deeper into the literature to understand how different identities require different treatments to fit their culture or gender that the existing science sometimes does not reveal. There is little research done in this field so a podcast or a paper discussing how different mental health disorders and symptoms appear differently for people with different identities would be revolutionary additions to the field!
Well, what happens next?: A deeper dive into steps to take to heal after a mass shooting in schools
With the rise of school shootings, science must dive deeper into steps to be taken after an entire community of developing students experience the same traumatic event. We will look at interventions, both individual and communal, to help young students heal from mass school shootings and unexplainable loss. This project aims to bring awareness to tools that schools and communities can use to help students overcome shared trauma. A podcast or paper would bring tremendous awareness to a field so known yet still requires so much research.