Graduate Research Assistant
Carla Villacis is a first year student in the MA Experimental Psychology Program at Rutgers University–Camden. She obtained a B.A. in Romance Languages from Bowdoin College, where she also studied Psychology. Carla has applied her language skills through experiences teaching abroad and in translation services, including clinical evaluations. Most recently, Carla worked in behavioral health implementing clinical interventions in schools and clients homes. She supports the strengthening family Initiative by studying its impact on involved families.
Bryana Foxx-Parham is a freshman in Rutgers University–Camden majoring in Business Management. She is working on South Jersey statistics on unemployment and poverty to find ways to help the community.
Jocelyn is a law student at Rutgers University–Camden. Originally from Texas, she moved to the north to originally purse her Bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College in English and Politics. She plans to pursue a career in international human rights and immigration law. She hopes to one day work as an advocate for refugees in Europe. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and performing poetry.
John Crowell serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative. One area of focus within the Initiative is reducing recidivism through family strengthening and he is seeking to understand how children of incarcerated parents perceive jail and the criminal justice system. The results of this investigation have the potential to inform family processes and, specifically, how family advocates may best provide informal social supports for children and families with an incarcerated parent.
John received his B.A. in Psychology from Arcadia University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Rutgers University. His research interests, in cognitive psychology, include automatic thought and emotion regulation. John also serves as a Research Assistant in the Emotions Lab, which is directed by Dr. Ira Roseman. After graduation, John intends to pursue his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology.
Sarah is studying Urban Studies and is in her second semester at Rutgers-Camden. She primarily works with the Bridgeton Break Out Group as a Project Assistant and hopes to pursue her Master’s in Public Administration after finishing her undergraduate degree. During high school, Sarah served as a Youth Representative on the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC) and was an active member of the Vineland Break Out Group.
Anthony See is a senior at Rutgers University–Camden pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He is experienced in multiple programming languages (Python, C, and HTML) and works with multiple digital arts programs for Graphic Design and Video Editing. Anthony manages the WRI website and other digital platforms. His responsibilities include: creating web experiences that are user-friendly while aesthetically modern, designing and re-imaging current and new templates and graphics for the Center, and expanding WRI’s reach though smart design.
Shibin Yan is a first year PhD student in Rutgers University—Camden majoring in public affairs and community development. He serves to analyze the statistics of South Jersey and assists faculty fallow to conduct the research on housing and related services for the homeless. He used to work for a think tank in China for two years to secure professional experience and training in public policy analysis. After graduation, he intend to work as research consultant after graduation.