Alyse Johnson

  • 2022 Summer Intern

Alyse Johnson (she/they) is a rising senior at Spelman College, majoring in Psychology. Alyse worked with Dr. Bernadine Waller this summer on the DIVAA Project. DIVAA stands for Divinely Interrupting Victimization and Abuse and the project partners with African American women survivors of intimate partner violence, mental health providers and domestic violence ministry leaders in Black churches to understand the needs, barriers and facilitators of providing depression care in Black churches. Through this experience, she was able to effectively present about Intersectionality theory as well as provided an intersectional lens to the research team. Her duties also included performing weekly qualitative data analysis of participant interviews using the program Atlas.ti. Alyse enjoyed her summer in the Global Mental Health Programs because it provided her with a deeper understanding of Community Based Participatory Research and the importance of maintaining a sense of culture consciousness when working with vulnerable populations. She will be returning to the program in August to continue working with Dr. B and the rest of the research team. She is eternally grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to being a part of more projects in the future.

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