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Mary Ann Priester  (Ph.D. student)


Mary Ann Priester is a fourth year doctoral student. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MSW at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mary Ann is a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the USC Graduate Civic Scholars Program. She is also recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award, the Office of the Vice President for Research Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity Graduate Research Grant, and the Preparing Future Faculty Award. Mary Ann has served as the student representative on the CoSW Doctoral Program Committee. She has taught part-time in the BSW program and is currently adjunct faculty in the MSW program at the UNC-Charlotte. As a health services researcher in training, Mary Ann has more than ten years of experience working with underserved and vulnerable populations, particularly individuals who are homeless or involved with the criminal justice system. These experiences have fueled her commitment to improving access to behavioral health services for vulnerable populations and informed her research focus. In particular, Mary Ann is interested in structural and behavioral processes that contribute to barriers to behavioral health service access and utilization by persons exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACE). She is also interested in behavioral health and social trajectories of persons exposed to ACE. She hopes to develop theory driven trauma-informed interventions and service delivery models to affect these processes, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities.  






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