1. Emerging Scholars and Research Scholars Conferences 2014-2016 @ The Association for Psychological Science Conference, The Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Research and Emerging Scholars Poster Sessions:
Description: This research study expanded upon Pennebaker’s (1997) expressive writing paradigm to include a positive reframing/ meaning-making condition. This study also assessed physiological responses such as the heart rate, vagal tone during the experimental sessions. Our data shows the improvement of heart rate, respiration, and vagal tone throughout the experiment.
Description: This research study expands previous work by assessing the effects of expressive writing on vagal tone and heart rate over time. Results from data analysis show that vagal tone improved for both expressive writing conditions compared to the control group.
Description: In this research study we assessed the effects of a standard vs. meaning-making expressive writing format on autonomic nervous system function over time. Results indicate that heart rate and vagal tone, improved over time in both conditions but these results were moderated by gender. Men showed more improvement than women in vagal tone for the standard condition but not the meaning-making condition.
Description: In this research study we assessed the effects of a standard vs. meaning-making expressive writing format on autonomic nervous system function over time. We noticed that the heart rates of participants improved more than the vagal tone in both conditions. Within this study, vagal tone and respiration changes were moderated by gender.
- Gender Differences in Vagal Tone Adaptation in an Expressive Writing Paradigm John Jay Symposium 2016
Description: In this research study we assessed the effects of a standard vs. meaning-making expressive writing format on autonomic nervous system function over time. We noticed that the heart rates of participants improved more than the vagal tone in both conditions.
Description: While being a part of this project I worked as a contributing editor of the Honor Publication, which highlights accomplishments from exemplary students at New York City College of Technology.
2. Philosophy and Religion in Africana Traditions Conference @ The CUNY Graduate Center 2016:
Description: This paper describes the struggles that people of African descent faced during the presidency of the first African American president. Within this paper, you will also find an analysis of the abuse people of African descent face, while also being forced to accept that their culture is constantly appropriated and renamed.
3. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) 2017 Conference @ The University of Central Florida:
Description: While at the conference I spoke on a panel about “The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities”. During the panel discussion, I explained my involvement with programs life The Futures Initiative Leadership and Peer Mentoring program, as well as how this program has positively impacted my academic career.
4. The Annual Black History Month National African American Read-In
- Conference Paper: The Black Panther The Movement Within Black History Month
Description: This paper analyzes how important the movie Black Panther was and still is in positively portraying people of African descent. Superheroes of African descent like The Black Panther encourage young children and adults who grew up in the era of white-only superheroes to strive for greatness because they are being presented with visuals of greatness. In this paper I expressed how this movie could provide insight for people of all races, creeds and colors about how people of African descent prefer to be portrayed in media. In this paper I explained how these positive visuals can debunk the negative stereotypes of who people of African descent are, while also encouraging people of African descent to continue to strive for greatness.
5. CUNY Pipeline Research Conference 2018
- Conference Presentation: Through The Lens of Kara Walker A Remix on Contemporary Art as an Analysis of Race as a Social Construct ppt
Description: Art has and always will be an expression of the way a creative mind interacts with and understands the world. At times art can explain social issues in a more understandable and relatable way than words. An artist who expresses their ideas and core values relating to race in a way that directly aligns with my views is Kara Walker. Walker is a controversial artist who uses silhouettes, pencil strokes and her divine ability to sculpt to narrate her ideas of racism. Her images are beautiful, bold and brutal. They speak volumes to the slave narratives and the civil liberties that were bestowed upon those who were perceivably white. I argue that the art of Kara Walker can be analyzed and used to explain the social constructs that have been put in place to demonize and diminish the character of people of African descent. Her art shows examples of the mechanisms used to justify the idea of white superiority, while also prolonging black inferiority.