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Florida Mental Health Institute welcomes 2023 Summer Research Institute cohort

Group photo of the 2023 Summer Research Institute participants

The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute recently welcomed its 2023 Summer Research Institute (SRI@FMHI) cohort. 

The SRI@FMHI is designed for students interested in building their research skills within the context of substance use and co-occurring disorders to help them prepare for a senior thesis and/or graduate school. The SRI@FMHI consists of four components: an independent research project conducted with guidance from a USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences faculty mentor; research seminars; professional development seminars; and skill-building workshops.

Throughout the 11-week period, students will work intensively with faculty mentors on their research projects. In addition, students will gain experience with research ethics, Institutional Review Boards practices, and will participate in a community rotation to gain experience with mental health and substance use services. Students will present their project during Research Day, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 2 from noon – 3 p.m.

The 2023 cohort includes:

  • Enyonam Akwayena, University of Pittsburgh (Mentor: Jessica Rice, PhD)
  • Catherine Cardenas, University of Florida (Mentor: Jerome Galea, PhD, LCSW)
  • Sydney Chadwick, Clemson University (Mentor: George Burruss, PhD)
  • Britney Chen, University of Central Florida (Mentor: Ji-Young Lee, PhD)
  • Riley Curie, University of Florida (Mentors: Kim Menendez, MS, CPP and Kathleen Moore, PhD)
  • Isabella Kneeland, Saint Norbet College (Mentor: Judith Biesen, PhD)
  • Carson Koffler, Tulane University (Mentor: Kristin Kosyluk, PhD)
  • Stacey Li, Tulane University (Mentor: Margaret McGladrey, PhD)
  • Leilani Monterde, University of South Florida (Mentor: Svetlana Yampolskaya, PhD)
  • Zena Rodill, University of South Florida (Mentor: Tom Massey, PhD)
  • Daniela Villamar, University of Central Florida (Mentor: Chae Jaynes, PhD)
  • Michael Weiner: University of South Florida (Mentor: Khary Rigg, PhD)

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