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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Social Science
Karen

Karen

PhD

Expertise

society and politics, social psychology, discrimination, political psychology, intergroup relations, race and ethnicity, inequality, social justice, attitudes, criminal justice, racism and anti-racism

Andrew

Andrew

PhD candidate

Expertise

Social Psychology, stereotypes and prejudice, goals and motivation., diversity science

Margaret

Margaret

PhD

Expertise

Teacher self-efficacy, motivation, educational program evaluation, psychology of learning, developmental psychology, trauma-informed educational practices

Nashali

Nashali

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuro-immunology, behavioral neuroscience, depression, antidepressants, Alzheimer’s, gut-brain axis

Claire

Claire

MSW candidate

Expertise

Public health, reproductive health, sexual health, violence prevention, advocacy, clinical therapy

Maria Paula

Maria Paula

MS

Expertise

Human Computer Interaction, UX Research, Psychology, Educational Technology for Second Language Learners, AI Literacy, AI Ethics

Raheem

Raheem

Industry expert

Expertise

marketing, consumer behavior, entrepreneurship, journalism, market research, journalism, culture, music, urban studies, civic engagement, community

Darnell

Darnell

MBA candidate

Expertise

Finance/Financial Services, Wealth Management, Business (multi-member LLC experience), and Poetry, Creative Writing, Published Art Works

Melissa

Melissa

MA candidate

Expertise

Pregnancy, stress physiology, sleep health, longitudinal studies, actigraphy

Donovan

Donovan

PhD

Expertise

Social Science, Political Science, Public Policy, American Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Public Opinion, Socialization, Political Behavior, & Political Psychology

Vilija

Vilija

MA candidate

Expertise

Psychology

Claire

Claire

MPA

Expertise

History, Social Science Research, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Justice, Disaster Risk, Climate Adaptive Agriculture, Food Systems, Climate Change

Aditya

Aditya

PhD candidate

Expertise

Race & Ethnicity, History of Race & Social Movements, Creative Projects

Rose

Rose

MS

Expertise

Comparative religion, drama and esl education, cultural experiences, Ed tech

Samantha

Samantha

PhD candidate

Expertise

Marine biology, conservation biology, and international development

Michelle

Michelle

PhD candidate

Expertise

sociology, social movements, social psychology, social media, gender, anthropology, urban studies, theory

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical psychology, neuropsychology, trauamtic brain injury, creative writing

Elyssa

Elyssa

Industry expert

Expertise

Composition, Social Sciences, Music Production, Cultural Studies, Journalism, Creative Writing

Natalie

Natalie

PhD candidate

Expertise

Music Theory; Music Cognition; Music Psychology; Linguistics; Media Studies

Domonique

Domonique

PhD candidate

Expertise

Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Social Movements, Human Society, Social Relations, Social Work, Teaching, Policy, Human Behavior, Equality, Principles, Methods, Theories, Entrepreneur, Social Justice, Theoretical Frame works, Research Methods