Michael is a doctoral candidate at VCU who studies Health Psychology. He is a recipient of a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a past recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship.
With his fellowship he will be examining the relationship between anti-gay harassment and risk-taking and how distress tolerance may affect this association. His study hopes to effectively address the mechanism by which anti-gay harassment leads to greater risk-taking in gay individuals and will also help to identify whether anti-gay harassment specifically leads to greater risk-taking.
In the future, Michael plans to become a public policy advocate in an effort to bridge the gap between research and policy. His ultimate goal is to provide lasting change for vulnerable and at-risk populations. He plans to apply for the American Psychological Association’s Public Interest Policy Internship for graduate students in 2016.