McNair Feature Scholar: Meet Elaine!

Elaine Kruswicki, Cohort 19
Elaine Kruswicki, Cohort 19

Elaine is a senior attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She studies psychology with a minor in family studies and hopes to graduate in the Fall of 2019. Currently, Elaine studies minority status stress and mental health outcomes with Dr. Stacey Jackson and her lab, Marginalized Identity Status and Trauma (MIST). Outside of school, Elaine spends her time reading, visiting family, and work at the Boys and Girls Club in Eau Claire.   
 
In her MIST lab, Elaine has worked with Dr. Jackson to conduct research about marginalized communities on UWEC’s campus. The project analyzes stress from members of marginalized communities and mental health outcomes, also examining utilization of mental health services and ethnic identity levels. This research has been disseminated through the McNair National Conference and the McNair Scholars’ Research Symposium. Due to her research, Elaine plans to enter graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in social welfare.