SAFE Student Spotlight: Emma Albertino

Emma Albertino, Clinical Psychology: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) Fund Recipient: Spring 2022

Project: “Women with Eating Disorders and a History of In-Person and Technological Sexual Violence”

Albertino received a Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) grant to compensate participants for taking part in her survey about eating disorders and sexual violence. Albertino believes the grant enhanced her experience as a student and research by allowing her to “develop a greater understanding of the relationship between eating disorders and sexual violence.” Without the grant, Albertino would not have been able to “closely examine the sexual violence histories of this population.”

Albertino graduated from App State in 2021 with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in health studies. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctor of Clinical Psychology and working as a graduate student clinician in App State's Psychology Clinic, a community-based training clinic dedicated to providing comprehensive psychological services to High Country residents and App State students at an affordable cost. Albertino hopes to continue her research on eating disorders and sexual violence. She also plans to work with individuals that have experienced trauma, including sexual violence, as well as eating disorders and other mental and physical health concerns.


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SAFE Student Spotlight: Emma Albertino
Published: Jan 24, 2023 9:00am