Category: Biographies

Minh’s Biography

I am currently a senior majoring in Psychology and Economics. I am from Vietnam and moved to the United States in 2010. I attended middle school and high school in New York and Washington DC before going to Dickinson. I have personal interests in social and personality psychology. After graduation, I do not have clear plans yet but I hope to gain work and research experience and maybe find opportunities to go to graduate school. I studied abroad in Korea and currently studying Korean on my own as I hope to return someday. My hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing soccer, and listening to Kpop.

Katia’s Bio


Hi I am Katia, I am from Kigali, Rwanda. I am a senior Psychology major and Africana Studies minor, my academic interests lie in the intersection of mental health services and the experiences of people of African descent. In the spring semester, I will be doing an independent study that looks at mental health services among black communities.  At the moment I am looking into applying to grad school programs in counselling psychology. On campus I am the president of Anwar belly dance troupe and work for Res life and the library. I am into watching Insecure on HBO and love dancing.

Laura’s Biography

Hi, I’m Laura, and I’m a senior Psychology major! I am particularly interested in social class, sexuality, and maternal health & psychology. I have been involved in research on campus for the last couple years, doing analysis on how people perceive social class. Post graduation, I hope to spend a year or two working for maternal health non-profits and then attend grad school to obtain my PsyD. On campus I am the social media manager for The Peddler. In my free time I enjoy hanging with friends, reading, watching drag shows, and learning as much as I can about other areas of interest besides psychology (including queer literature, true crime, and feminist issues).

Kara’s Bio

Hello, hello! I’m Kara, a Senior Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies double major from the Philadelphia area. I like to play sports, watch football and basketball, draw and paint, hike, write, sing in an acapella group here on campus, and hang out with other lovely Dickinsonians. My guilty pleasures include reality TV and Cheeze-its. I was abroad last Fall in Queensland, Australia and hope to be returning someday (I think I found my happy place).  Academically, I’m interested in masculinity, sexuality, athletics, and intimacy and I’m currently conducting independent research on said topics with a qualitative interview study using college men who play contact varsity sports.

Emily’s Biography

I am currently a senior studying psychology and Spanish. I’m from Dover, MA, which is a small town in the Boston area. After I graduate I will be working in Human Resources with the company that I interned for this summer. It was a great experience and I look forward to continuing my work there. In the future I also plan to find a way to include Spanish into my career. I am a huge animal lover. At home I volunteer at a dog shelter and at school I help to train dogs at the Dog House.

Mackenzie Santorelli’s Biography

Hi! I am currently a senior at Dickinson College. I am from a small town called Cranford, New Jersey and have lived there all my life. I plan on attending an accelerated nursing school program in the fall following graduation. I have been an EMT for six years at the Cranford First Aid Squad and have loved every minute of it. Some of my favorite things to do are practice yoga, compete in Spartan Races, play with my dog, and eat delicious foods, especially lasagna.

Halle’s Biography

I am a college senior at Dickinson College originally from Portland, Oregon.  My interests lie in a variety of things such as organizational psychology, human interaction, and education policy.  After graduation I hope to return to the west coast and do some sort of work in human resources, but I have no idea where the wind will take me! I love to travel, cook, eat the food that I cook, and explore nature.  I also love children.  I am an active member of the organization Big Brother Big Sisters, and I am also the Education chairwoman of my sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma.


Naila Smith’s Bio

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Dickinson College. My research is in the area of developmental psychology. I study how social and contextual factors (e.g., parent and peer relationships, classroom climate) influence academic and socio-emotional development from childhood through emerging adulthood. I focus primarily on these developmental processes in immigrant and racial-ethnic minority populations. I am a native of Jamaica, and I love karaoke, sushi, and superheroes with capes.