First year PhD Student Brittney Singletary has been selected by the New York City Reducing Inequality Network (NYC-RIN) as a member of its fifth cohort of Inequality Fellows. Her research emphasis is on understanding cultural influences on complex trauma and adverse experiences in African American youth, and how cultural influences impact mental health outcomes, with a supplemental focus on suicidal youth and intervention development.
As an Inequality Fellow, Brittney has been awarded a $5,000 stipend to apply to her research and professional development. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Brittney spent seven years providing care to youth ranging from early childhood to late adolescents and their families in school, community, and outpatient settings. She also served as the clinical supervisor of the University of Pittsburgh’s Services for Teens at Risk (STAR Center), which focuses on conducting federally and foundationally funded studies to better support youth who may be experiencing depression or suicidality, as well as, conducting secondary analysis on depression risk and mental health concerns in youth.
NYC-RIN is led by a group of scholars at NYU, Columbia University, and the CUNY Graduate Center who came together to foster dialogue and collaboration among scholars studying inequality around the city, with a particular focus on enhancing research opportunities and developing stronger mentoring for doctoral students whose research focuses on reducing inequality. The NYC-RIN is funded by the William T. Grant Foundation as well as NYU, Columbia, and the CUNY Graduate Center.