Mirinda Morency

Mirinda M. Morency

Masters of Social Work Candidate, Columbia University

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About Mirinda

Morency's research interests center around exposure to violence and its effects on the psychosocial outcomes of urban adolescent youth, as well as the role of resiliency, coping, and social support within this model in undeserved communities. She hopes to ultimately help at-risk youth lead positive lives, becoming agents of change themselves and productive citizens of their communities.


How to Involve Young People in Afterschool Programs

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"Resilience in Urban African American Adolescents: The Protective Enhancing Effects of Neighborhood, Family, and School Cohesion Following Violence Exposure" (with Kevin Michael Miller, Cara M. DiClemente, Catherine M. Rice, Dakari Quimby, Maryse Richards, Cordelia T. Grimes, Candice D. White, and Jason A. Pica II). The Journal of Early Adolescence (2016).

Shows that cohesion serves as a protective factor for African American youth residing in high-crime impoverished communities. Highlights that this cohesion mitigates the negative effects of community violence exposure and promotes positive outcomes.