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Headshot of GCPR student Caroline Chandler Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, PhD Student

My name is Caroline Chandler and I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Maternal and Child Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. I entered the Masters of Public Health (MPH) to PhD program in 2016 and am currently in my 5th year of the PhD program. My research focuses on child and adolescent well-being and the ways service access (or lack thereof) is associated with mental health and developmental outcomes. My dissertation research examines associations between clinical and concrete services families receive during involvement with child protective services and toddlers’ risk of developmental delay. Throughout my graduate studies, I have worked closely with youth and adult community partners at Southeast Raleigh Promise to conduct a qualitative youth participatory study on how youth in Southeast Raleigh access formal and informal mental health supports. Based on this research, we co-developed a peer mental health support curriculum that we are now piloting with youth partners at Southeast Raleigh Promise.