Fall 2014

Monica Correale (’15, Psychology)

MONICA CORREALE (‘15) is currently a graduate student in developmental psychopathology at HSU. Struggling with a toxic and abusive childhood, she overcame adversity to become the first in her family to graduate from college (HSU) in 2013. For her academic and personal accomplishments, she was recently named a Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar by the California State University system, the highest student award given by the CSU.

A SUPPORT SYSTEM “Education gave me an avenue for healing because it connected me to a larger support system of teachers who encouraged me and believed in my potential. My goal is to become the best person possible so I can pursue a career that allows me to give back to others.”

PSYCHOLOGY AND LOVE “For my master’s thesis, I’m examining adult romantic relationships and their potential to either amplify or diminish the mental health effects of early childhood abuse experiences. My project will be one of a few to use a sample of both heterosexual and same-sex couples.”

TRYING OUT TEACHING “Last year, I volunteered as a teaching assistant for two classes, Family Relations and Family Violence. I lectured on the neurobiology of love relationships and the intersections between multiple forms of family violence. It’s affirmed my passion for teaching, and I really enjoy trying to encourage and inspire students.”

CALL ME ‘PROFESSOR “Ultimately, I hope to be admitted into a Ph.D. program in Applied Developmental Psychology or Human Development and Family Studies and eventually become a university professor. I’d like to work at a university that serves students from traditionally underrepresented populations and conduct research that helps to solve salient social problems.”

GIVING BACK “Being a scholar of family violence carries with it a social responsibility, and I hope to use my education to advocate for increased access to mental health services and community support, especially for struggling and low-income families and children.”