Abisola Smith


I received my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a student in the Master of Psychological Science at the University of Illinois, I work alongside Dr. Helen Neville, who is a counseling psychologist in the Department of Educational Psychology. As a member of Dr. Neville’s research lab, I am involved in two programs of research. The first is #PowerUp, a youth participatory action research project that focuses on youth personal and research development around community violence. The second project, Policing in a Multiracial Society Project (PMSP), explores the influence of multicultural education on police recruits’ racial attitudes. In this project I have conducted interviews with police officers about their experience policing in a multicultural society. I am currently working on an empirical study examining the factors associated with police recruits’ ability to hear and process the information presented in the education modules. <p></p><p></p>

Research Description

In addition to working on these community projects, I am developing my own research interest in understanding the barriers that African American and Latino/a adolescents in foster care face when seeking help for mental health services. Specifically, I am interested in how mental health literacy, self and public stigma affect the ability of these youth to seek services.