Meet Our CMGMH Fellows and Scholarship Awardees

In the spring of 2017, under the auspices of the Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health, William James College (WJC) established the Serving the Mental Health Needs of the Underserved Scholarships to recruit, train and mentor graduate students committed to pursuing careers in which they provide culturally informed mental health and/or organizational wellness services to historically underserved communities. The highly competitive scholarship, which covers 2/3 of tuition costs, recognizes the achievements and promise of students who are seeking Master’s, Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies or Doctor of Psychology degrees at WJC .

Scholarship Awardees 2020-2021

The 2020-2021 scholarship awardees—Sarah Aronson, Yohana Beraki, Rachel DiBella, Alexandra Jackson, and Kevin Narine—were selected based on a combination of academic achievements, volunteer and community service to underserved groups, demonstrable commitment to social justice and advocacy, leadership skills, and financial needs. As CMGMH Fellows, the awardees will actively engage in mentoring, community service, social-cultural, and professional development initiatives at WJC. The five new CMGMH Fellows and Scholarship Awardees are profiled below.


Sarah AronsonSarah Aronson

School Psychology, MA/CAGS
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Favorite Quote
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart."
— Helen Keller


Yohana BerakiYohana Beraki

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”
— Maya Angelou


Rachel DiBellaRachel DiBella

Leadership Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Thurman


Alexandra JacksonAlexandra Jackson

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA
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Favorite Quote
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
— Reinhold Niebuhr


Kevin NarineKevin Narine

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world.”
— Harold Kushner

Scholarship Awardees 2019-2020

In the fall of 2019, WJC welcomed four (4) new awardees—Jennifer Cotard, Frances Mathieu, Paulina Prieto, and Melanie Robinson Findlay. As CMGMH Fellows, the awardees will actively engage in mentoring, community service, and social-cultural and professional development initiatives at WJC. The 2019-2020 Fellows and Scholarship Awardees are profiled below.


Jennifer CotardJennifer Cotard

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA
Couples & Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
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Favorite Quote
“Every next level of your life will demand a different you.”
— Unknown


Frances MathieuFrances Mathieu

Organizational & Leadership Psychology
Leading Non-Profits & NGOs Concentration
African & Caribbean Mental Health Concentration
Learn more about Frances

Favorite Quote
“A ship in a harbor is safe but that's not what ships are built for.” 
— Anonymous


Paulina PrietoPaulina Prieto

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"
—Frida Kahlo


Melanie Robinson FindlayMelanie Robinson Findlay

Executive Coaching, Graduate Certificate
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Favorite Quote
“We must wake up knowing we have work to do and go to bed knowing we have done it.”
—Andre Lorde

Scholarship Awardees 2018-2019

The five (5) awardees — Regina Banks, Presceia Olivia Cooper, Emily Crain, Christopher Rosales, and Jessica Sharp — were selected based on a combination of academic achievements, volunteer and community service to underserved groups, demonstrable commitment to social justice and advocacy, leadership skills, and financial needs. As CMGMH Fellows, the awardees will actively engage in mentoring, community service, social-cultural, and professional development initiatives at WJC. The five new CMGMH Fellows and Scholarship Awardees are profiled below.


Regina BanksRegina Banks

School Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are.”
— Malidoma Patrice Somé


Presceia Olivia CooperPresceia Olivia Cooper

Organizational Psychology, MA
Learn more about Presceia

Favorite Quote
“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.”
— E. B. White


Emily CrainEmily Crain

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Saying
“Nada te turbe, nada te espante, todo se pasa.” 
(Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you, all will pass.)


Christopher RosalesChristopher Rosales

School Psychology, MA/CAGS
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Personal Statement
“Do not let other people dictate who you can become. Life circumstances can influence the person you become. Be you, as I am becoming me.”


Jessica SharpJessica Sharp

Leadership Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
— The Lorax

Scholarship Awardees 2017-2018

The 2017-2018 cohort of awardees was selected based on a combination of academic achievements, volunteer and community service to underserved groups, demonstrable commitment to social justice and advocacy, leadership skills, and financial needs. As CMGMH Fellows, the six (6) award recipients will actively engage in mentoring, outreach, social-cultural, and professional development initiatives at WJC.


April ClaytonApril Clayton

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote 
“Injustice anywhere is athreat to justice everywhere.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


Michelle CodnerMichelle Codner

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
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Favorite Quote
“Don’t just count your days, make your days count.” 
— Muhammad Ali


Sothavy DouerSothavy Douer

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA
Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration
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Favorite Quote
“Do not try to be deep. Try to be clear and depth will follow.” 
—Nomy Arpaly


Beverly IbehBeverly Ibeh

Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA
Couples and Family Therapy Area of Emphasis
Learn more about Beverly

Favorite Quote
“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise.”  Still I Rise
—Maya Angelou


Rosalyn SandersRosilyn Sanders

Organizational and Leadership Psychology
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Favorite Quote
“So we grew together, like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet a union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.”
— William Shakespeare


Darryl SweeperDarryl Sweeper, Jr.

Clinical Psychology, PsyD
Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA
Expressive Arts Therapy Concentration
Africian and Caribbean Mental Health Concentration
Learn more about Darryl

Favorite Quote
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
— James Baldwin

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