One Way Mirrors and Full Circles: Finishing Up Work on the Mentoring Study

After performing analyses on the data, closing computer windows, and shutting the lab door behind me, I’ve packed up and left Williamsburg for the rest of the summer. But, readers, as they say in infomercials, that’s not all!

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Exciting Progress and Next Steps in the Mentoring Study!

I’m excited to report that my lab group reached a couple of milestones this week! We finished checking baseline surveys, which involved going back through hundreds of hand-written questionnaires to ensure that the data was entered accurately into the computer.  Additionally, data for all follow ups have been coded and we’re wrapping up checking that information as well!

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Creating Projects for W&M Campus on Ecotherapy

My research for the Parks Research Lab has continued to excite me. Our projects vary each week, and these past two weeks have been particularly rewarding. These projects are for the public to enjoy, which is thrilling because I know that these projects will help William & Mary’s students.

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Analysis Win & Genuine Grin: Part Three

Whoooaaa, we’re halfway there… using the software! This post marks the (just past) halfway point of my summer research. My time in Williamsburg is flying by! While psychology research is by no means the most glamorous or dynamic of activities, it has been incredibly rewarding and such a valuable learning experience for me.

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Greenspace and park time as mental health supplement

I am now halfway through my time as a Research Assistant for Dr. Ibes at the Parks Research Lab (PRL). As is evident from my abstract, Alexis, my research partner, and I are conducting research on ecotherapy, which is the study of how nature and greenspace is healing to human mental and physical health. Our goal for the summer is to promote ecotherapy to local health professionals. Our research involves compiling scientific data about nature’s healing effects, so that health professionals can prescribe nature to patients.  We are also compiling information about local parks, so that doctor’s patients can find parks tailored to their needs.

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