Current Scholar

Destiny M. B. Printz Pereira

PhD Student, Clinical Psychology
Destiny M. B. Printz Pereira
Academic Institution: University of Connecticut Location: Storrs, Connecticut Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Early Childhood, Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Violence and Trauma
Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Low-Income Communities

FOCUS
Destiny’s research aims to address mental and physical health disparities in marginalized populations. She is primarily interested in building coping and resilience in people of color, and low-income individuals and families, to reduce the impact of trauma and chronic stress. Her current research focuses on the intergenerational transmission of trauma, perceived discrimination, symptoms of post-traumatic stress, psychometrics, and health outcomes related to the dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system.

MORE ABOUT DESTINY
Destiny’s work as a project manager for the Yale School of Medicine and VA Healthcare System has enhanced her ability to assist individuals with multiple intersecting marginalized identities and conditions, including substance dependence and homelessness. These experiences have informed her interest in translational research, and through the HPRS program she will strengthen her ability to bridge the gap between academic research and the wellbeing of marginalized individuals and families.

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