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Susie Kahnke

Graduate Student Assistant
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1. What program are you in at KU?

I am in the PhD Counseling Psychology Program within the Department of Educational Psychology. I also have a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, both from Minnesota State University.


2. What is your background in research?

I was lightly involved with research during undergrad, but really became more research-focused during my master’s degree. Some of my research interests include counseling outcomes, individuals with marginalized identities, young adults, and interactions between societal factors and mental health. That being said, I’m interested in a lot of things! I’m now involved in research within my graduate program regarding creative adolescents, mental health, and career counseling.


3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?

I am a graduate assistant for the Emerging Scholars Program. I assist Dawn in a variety of administrative tasks and check in with emerging scholars to support them in their success.

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