Student Liaisons

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Emily Bernstein ‘18
Hi! My name is Emily Bernstein and I'm from Wellesley, MA. I am a senior majoring in Psychology & Education, pursuing Elementary licensure. I have been in classrooms at Mosier Elementary and Pelham Elementary. I am passionate about working with children and promoting social justice through education. This past summer, I student taught in a 3rd grade Sheltered English Immersion classroom in Boston. I also worked as a camp counselor and teaching assistant at a summer school/camp program for students with language-based learning disabilities in Waltham, MA. In addition to being a liaison for the Psychology & Education department, I am a counselor/advocate at the Center for Women and Community at UMass. Please feel free to contact me, I'm happy to answer questions or chat anytime! Contact Emily.

Sheila Bharat ‘18

Sheila Bharat ‘18
Hi! My name is Sheila Bharat and I come from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I’m currently a senior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I took both intro classes my first year, and have fallen in love with both fields, so social psychology is currently my favorite. During my sophomore year I worked as a research assistant for a professor conducting research in social psych, and this summer I interned with UNICEF in their communications department. I’m not sure yet what I want to do with my major, but I do know graduate school is happening as soon as possible. I’m more than happy to talk to you if you have any questions about the psychology department, or if you want to talk psych in general! Contact Sheila.

Alison Branitsky ‘18

Alison Branitsky ‘18
Hello! My name is Alison Branitsky and I am a senior psychology major from Washington D.C. I am particularly interested in alternative perspectives on mental health and how people understand their own experiences, as well as the politics of mental health and the philosophy of psychiatry. For the past two summers I have worked as a research assistant at the Psychosis Research Unit in Manchester, England, looking at psychosocial and trauma-based etiologies and interventions for psychosis. After graduation, I am planning to return to England to continue working on the projects that I started this summer. I am currently writing a thesis on how receiving a diagnosis of bipolar disorder shapes someone’s sense of self. If you have any questions about classes, internships, or anything else, feel free to ask! Contact Alison.

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Melissa Carney 19
Hi! My name is Melissa and I am from Deep River, Connecticut. I am a junior with a double major in English and Psychology. I took an Intro to Psychology course during my first year at Mount Holyoke College and fell in love with the field. I am particularly interested in personality and social psychology. I am currently a member of Corey Flanders’s on-campus research team, in which we conduct a variety of studies, such as the effect of sexual violence on young sexual minority individuals’ mental health. After I graduate, I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical or social psychology. In addition to being a liaison for the psychology department, I am also a writer for the Odyssey Online, a Peer Fellow for Accessibility Services, and a board member of the Mount Holyoke College Chorale. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the major, courses, or anything else that comes to mind. Contact Melissa.

Julie Edwards FP ‘18

Julie Edwards FP ‘18
Hello! My name is Julie and I am a Junior Frances Perkins Scholar. I am a Psychology major and Anthropology minor. I am originally from Seattle, Washington, but I have lived in NY and Texas for extended periods as well. Most of my working career has been as the ships cook aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and other tall ships. Before MHC, I served as the President of the Active Minds chapter at HCC for two years, and was a member of the Green Key Honor Society there. As a Frances Perkins Scholar here at MHC, I am currently serving as Co-Chair of the FPSA Social Chair position. Although my apartment is off campus, I pretty much live in Reese, so if you see me say Hi! And let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Best wishes all around! Contact Julie.

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Karina Gair-MacMichael 18
Hi! My name is Kirina Gair-MacMichael, I use she/her pronouns, and I am from West Hartford, Connecticut. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Education, and minoring in Sociology. I am specifically interested in social activism and advocacy, access to mental health care, and intersecting marginalized identities. This year I am doing a senior thesis on access barriers to mental health care for LGBTQIA+ youth of color from the clinician’s perspective. I am also a co-captain of the Varsity Squash team, co-chair of the Asians Students Association, chair of diversity, equity and inclusion on the student athletic advisory committee, and a student representative for the diversity, equity, and inclusion steering committee. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, or just to chat! Contact Karina.

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Madison Richards ‘18
Hello! My name is Madison Richards, and I’m from Chester Springs, PA. I am a senior, and I am pursuing a double major in psychology and biochemistry. I have been working with Professor Deutsch on her research since I arrived on campus and have had the privilege to be a part of several of her projects. I have also conducted a thesis under the guidance of Professor Deutsch focusing on how women’s expectations in college of their future marital divisions of labor relate to their actual divisions of labor with their spouses later in life. After graduation, I hope to attend dental school (I know, that’s not what you were expecting to read!) and I plan on continuing to conduct research about egalitarian couples along the way. I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me about the major, independent research, or anything else that strikes your fancy! Contact Madison.

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Liz Rose ‘18
Hello! My name is Liz Rose, and I am from Hamilton, Massachusetts. I am a senior and a double major in Psychology and Art History. This past summer I went to Vietnam to teach English and Soccer with a program called Coach for College and after returning, I worked for a non-profit in New Haven, Connecticut called Elm City Internationals. After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school with the ultimate goal of becoming an Elementary School teacher. In addition to being a liaison for the Psychology Department, I am also a member of the varsity soccer team on campus. Please feel free to contact me with any of your questions or concerns. I would love to help! Contact Liz.

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Suz Rose 18
Hi! My name is Suzanne (“Suz”) Rose and I am from Hamilton, MA. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and Education and minoring in Sociology. I am passionate about helping young students access higher education and supporting them through this process. This semester, I am interning in the Guidance Department at Amherst Regional High School and it has been a great experience. I am also very passionate about athletics and the way sports can promote higher education and well-being. This year, I am working towards a senior thesis exploring the well-being of female athletes. I have conducted research in classes at Mount Holyoke and I have experience working as a research assistant at Gordon College through summer internships. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I’m excited to hear from you! Contact Suz.

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Epyana Smith ‘18
Hello! My name is Epyana Smith but everyone calls me Epy! I am from Brooklyn, New York. I am a senior, double majoring in Psychology and Africana Studies. I am specifically interested in the impacts of internalized oppression. Thankfully, I have been able to build off my interest across both of my majors. I most enjoy social psychology and have more recently been interested in educational psychology. I am more than happy to talk to anyone about classes, professors, concerns and double majoring. For any questions please feel free to contact me! Contact Epy.

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Charisse Waller 18
Hi everyone! My name is Charisse Waller and I am a senior, majoring in Psychology and Education. I am originally from Boston, MA but I currently reside in Bloomfield, CT. I am currently interested in pursuing a career in teaching and have taken both Psychology and Education courses here at Mount Holyoke. I have gained a lot of classroom experience through the school placements that I have received through the education and psychology courses I have taken. Those experiences have allowed me to be able to student teach this past J-term in Boston. It also allowed me to become a Teaching Fellow this past summer with a summer program called Generation Teach. In addition to being a student liaison for the Psychology and Education department, I am also the Communications Fellow for Mount Holyoke’s Community Based Learning Program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have! I’d be happy to speak with you over email or in person. Contact Charisse.