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Jade Gomez

  • Project Coordinator, PRESH University Park

Moore Building 258

(814) 689-9545

Jade is a Project Coordinator at the University Park campus for the PRESH project funded by the NIH led by Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer. Jade earned her B.A. in Psychology from Salisbury University in 2019. While studying as an undergraduate student at SU, Jade spent three years as a research assistant under Dr. Rhyannon Bemis studying memory and learning development in young children and one year under Dr. Yuki Okubo studying intimate race dialogues. In her role as Project Coordinator, Jade hopes to gain valuable experience working on federally funded research and insight into conducting longitudinal research with parent-child dyads. In her free time, Jade enjoys spending time with her dog, Bella, cooking and trying new restaurants.

Sandy Rosario

  • Project Coordinator, PRESH Harrisburg

PACT Harrisburg

(717) 409-5099

Sandy serves as a project coordinator for the PRESH Project funded by the NIH led by Dr. Erika Lunkenheimer. She utilizes her experience in education and community/family engagement on a national and local level coordinating a variety of programs and state college initiatives. Sandy has coordinated state and national conferences involving family engagement. She has also provided training and technical assistance to school districts across Pennsylvania. Her past experience includes extensive work in community building and grassroots initiatives as well as working with Temple and Pennsylvania State Universities as a research coordinator for several research projects supported through National Institutes of Health. Sandy holds an Associate Degree in Corporate Communications from Elizabethtown College. Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, crafting and vacationing.

Zainab Akef

  • Research Assistant, PRESH Harrisburg

Zainab is a Research Assistant with the PRESH Project at the Harrisburg data collection site. Zainab is currently a Master’s student at Penn State Harrisburg’s Applied Clinical Psychology program. She earned her BA in Psychology from AUC, The American University in Cairo. She hopes to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology upon the completion of her MA degree. She is interested in refugee communities and mental health. In particular, she is interested in how pre-migration trauma and post-migration adjustment difficulties play a significant role in an individual’s mental health state.  By joining the lab, she  hopes that she will get a deeper understanding of parent-child interactions and develop her depth of knowledge on that topic. In her free time, Zainab enjoys experimenting with new recipes, trying out new coffee shops, and exploring nature trails.