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Headshot of GCPR student Margarett McBride. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, PhD Student

My name is Margarett McBride, M.A. and I am a 4th-year doctoral candidate from Saginaw, Michigan studying Developmental Psychology in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my B.A. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Community Action and Social Change from the University of Michigan in 2014. My research investigates how the neighborhood contexts (i.e., community violence, neighborhood support, gentrification) influence health outcomes and development for Black youth and families. Several organizations have funded my scholarship, including the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNC Violence and Injury Prevention Center, and the Carolina Center for Public Service. I seek to engage in participatory and community-engaged approaches in my work, which has led me to several internships with the Detroit Initiative, Telling It, Prison Creative Arts Project, and Cities United. More specifically, my work with Cities United takes a nationally-reaching youth participatory approach to community violence reduction through research, professional development, policy suggestions, and more. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at community programs, creating art (, and writing children’s book stories about Black youth (stay tuned for “Dear Dad, Love Nelson” coming out late 2022 with Free Spirit Publishing). If you want to stay connected with me digitally, feel free to find me at @RenaissanceMars on Twitter.