Cherrelle Jones

Cherrelle Jones is an incoming 1st year graduate student at UMass Boston’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she earned her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2016. For the past three years, she has been a research assistant at University of Chicago, where she worked on several longitudinal studies, which targeted biomarkers associated with stress to understand the impact of neighborhood and discrimination stress on psychological functioning in racial and sexual minorities. Cherrelle’s research experiences have allowed her to identify gaps in literature on the impact of minority stress on psychological outcomes, as well as the efficacy of interventions in minority populations with intersectional framework and methodology. These gaps in literature have informed her current research interests in stress related risk factors for internalizing disorders, and protective factors that may decrease risk for suboptimal mental health outcomes in racial and sexual minority youth.