Biography: Lexi graduated from California State University, Channel Islands with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in psychology in May 2015. She entered the Ph.D. program at UCR beginning in Fall 2016. Her primary research interests lie within medical sociology, stemming from her interest in mental health that developed while working as a behavioral health counselor at a psychiatric facility prior to entering graduate school. She is passionate about investigating the stigma of mental illness, and her research centers on how those with serious mental illness manage and resist stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs. Her Master’s thesis, a qualitative project, involved conducting in-depth interviews with individuals who had been formally diagnosed with a serious mental illness. The project contributed to the stigma resistance literature by examining how individuals are able to cognitively resist the stigma attached to their diagnoses while living in a psychiatric facility. As part of her ongoing position as a research assistant here at UCR, Lexi also is engaged in several life-course oriented quantitative research projects that examine how exposure to early-life adversities during childhood shape mental and physical health in adulthood.
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