My name is Apoorva Nag (pronouns: she/her), and I am a second-year community psychology graduate student working with Dr. Nicole Allen’s Action Research and Collaboration Lab. I received a B.S. in Psychology with Honors in 2020 and hold a graduate certificate degree in Counseling Psychology from Bangalore, India. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I serve as a sexual health educator in the McKinley Health Center and work as a student employee in the Center for Science and Behavioral Science. Alongside psychology, I am extremely fascinated by public policy and law.
As a community psychology graduate student, I am interested in examining social issues with an attention to community-level factors. I aim to contribute to literature on violence against womxn with an emphasis on sexual violence. My research interests explore ecological factors that impact community system responses toward sexual violence. For instance, I am interested in examining help-seeking experiences and responses to survivors’ needs as influenced by the broader intersectional lens that affects community behavior. In the future, I seek to engage in community-based participatory action research using mixed methods to develop culturally competent survivor-centered response systems. These systems could inform the creation of holistic educational structures and public policies that may further the progress of prevention of violence against womxn.
Rieger, A., Blackburn, A. M., Nag, A., Holland, H., & Allen, N. E. (In preparation). Contradictions in change: Ecological factors in the implementation of outer layer sexual violence prevention.
Nag, A., Swaminathan, K., Sridhar, S., & Esther, D. (Accepted). Dating Relationships among Emerging Adults: A Qualitative Exploration for a Problem Definition.