Analysis Appreciation Day: Introducing Dr Marisa Marraccini


Analysis adjustments everybody’s lives for the higher and that is why on 5 July 2023 we at MQ Psychological Well being Analysis are celebrating Analysis Appreciation Day and we invite you to hitch us. It is time we take time to note simply how a lot analysis adjustments the world and society wherein we stay. Analysis can’t occur with out  researchers. That is why we’re introducing you to our latest analysis fellows.

Analysis Appreciation Day – Introducing Dr Marisa E. Marraccini

Identify: Marisa E. Marraccini, MQ Fellow 2022, College of North Carolina

Profession background: Analysis and psychology

Present analysis: to advertise youngster and adolescent psychological well being within the context of their each day lives at school settings; at present growing and testing a digital actuality intervention to complement inpatient remedy for adolescents hospitalized for suicide-related crises, and main analysis that companions with youth to develop and disseminate therapeutic abilities by the use of social media.

What did you wish to be if you have been a baby?

I used to be by no means the child who had one concept for a career. I feel I needed to do all the things. I type of nonetheless do.

My father is a jewelry designer, my mom is a photographer, and my brother is an architect, so I at all times assumed I might find yourself in a artistic career. I studied artwork for one 12 months in faculty, the place I realized that creativity and artwork aren’t the identical issues – and that I used to be neither a talented artist nor keen about artwork! As a substitute, I studied yoga and muscular (therapeutic massage) remedy, working in a plethora of customer support jobs (eating places to retail), and educating yoga to children and adults.

After I went again to varsity to finish my bachelor’s diploma, I believed I’d turn into a instructor, however as a substitute I discovered holistic psychology (a pleasant match for my ardour for yoga and therapeutic massage and curiosity in human companies). But, my favorite class throughout my diploma was statistics. From there, I found my ardour for analysis within the context of kid and adolescent psychological well being, which finally advanced to my concentrate on suicide prevention.

I used to be educated as a college psychologist on the College of Rhode Island the place I accomplished my internship in a rural faculty district. I accomplished a postdoctoral fellowship in suicide evaluation analysis on the Alpert Medical Faculty of Brown College. I’m at present a college member within the faculty psychology program on the College of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a licensed psychologist in North Carolina.

I nonetheless really feel known as to “do all the things”, so I really feel extremely fortunate to have landed on this work: I get to review an infinite variety of issues (together with artistic processes) in pursuit of serving to children!

What’s your favorite a part of a research?

My two favorite components of a research are firstly, the start – imagining all of the unbelievable prospects for making optimistic adjustments – dreaming tremendous massive.

And secondly, getting to attach with teenagers in pursuit of those desires – studying what they give thought to the concepts, making an attempt to know their experiences, and collaborating to make the concepts higher and extra relatable.

What’s the largest problem of working in analysis?

I feel the largest problem is balancing the various shifting components of analysis. In a single day my function can change from tutorial writing, to connecting with households (and typically assessing suicide-related threat), to presenting to a gaggle of faculty professionals, to writing a script for an intervention.

All this includes supervision and coaching; fast, on-the-ground selections; and ongoing mentorship and help. And the work isn’t achieved!



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