Chelsea Nagata, a graduate student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and Scholl Psychology at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a graduate study grant from the Chicano Studies Institute at UC Santa Barbara for work on her second year project entitled “Examining the Effect of Positive Psychology Interventions on Latina/o and Asian American University Students.”
This study will examine the effect of two positive psychology interventions – “Blessings Journal” and “Gratitude Letter” – on well-being, student engagement, depression, and stress in Latina/o and Asian American university students. Participants' intervention responses will be qualitatively analyzed to determine whether the content of responses affects targeted outcomes for each ethnic group. Participants will also be interviewed, and responses will be qualitatively analyzed to determine the extent to which the interventions are perceived as acceptable and culturally congruent.
Chelsea Nagata is a second year graduate student in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. Her advisor, Dr. Collie Conoley, and colleague, Marla Pontrelli, will also work with her on the project.
The Chicano Studies Institute accepts proposals from graduate students engaged in research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome with priority given to interdisciplinary research projects and to applicants not previously funded by the Institute.
[Chelsea Nagata is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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