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Children & Society Archived Connecting Experiences Spotlights

Michelle Lenihan

Major: Psychology
Type of Experience: Research
Mentor: Barbara Jones, Social Work

In spring 2009, Michelle worked on a research project investigating pediatric palliative care and childhood cancer survivors with Professor Barbara Jones from the School of Social Work and the Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival. Her specific responsibilities included gathering literature, reviewing articles, developing a survey, and attending lectures and meetings at the Dell Children’s Medical Center. Michelle came away from this Connecting Experience with a deeper understanding of end-of-life care for children and the impact of childhood illness on families.

Ashley Lemell

Major: Social Work
Type of Experience: Research
Mentor: Holly Bell, Social Work

Ashley was a research assistant for a project analyzing the response of Austin’s social service agencies to the influx of Katrina victims. With a team of research assistants, Ashley coded interviews conducted with social workers and their clients in order to build a database for other researchers.

Ivonne Estrella

Major: Psychology and Linguistics
Type of Experience: Internship in Brownsville, TX
Mentor: Stephanie Cawthon, Educational Psychology

Ivonne explored her interests in child development through interning at Victoria Heights Elementary School, located in Brownsville ISD. Dur