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Assistant Research Professor of Psychology Ana María del Río-González

HIV-Prevention Project Targets Latina Transgender Women

Funded by a $1 million CDC grant, Ana María del Río-González is launching a first-of-its-kind study that uses peer-coaching to support the needs of an understudied community.
Samoni Nag (left) and Katarina AuBuchon (right) are among the PhD student recipients of the Columbian Distinguished Fellowship

Meet the Columbian Distinguished Fellows

Across disciplines and research fields, these Columbian College PhD fellows are leading scholarly studies and making real-world impacts.
Photograph of Dr. Dana Cunningham, Dr. Jessica Henry, Dr. Nicole Cammack, and Dr. Danielle Busby wearing black t-shirts

Three Alumni Create Mental Health Company for Black Community

GW Clinical Psychology alumni Dr. Nicole Cammack, Dr. Danielle Busby, Dr. Jessica Henry and their partner Dr. Dana Cunningham are breaking down the stigma of Black mental health services with their new company, Black Mental Wellness. 
Caroline Adegun

When Hollywood Dreams Dim, Psychology Alumna Shines a Light

For many aspiring entertainers, visions of stardom can fade into struggles with homelessness and depression. Former psychology major Caroline Adegun, BA ’12, MA ’16, launched a nonprofit to support their work and their lives.
Liam Searcy

Adapting to a Different Kind of Fall Semester

From remote learning to virtual club meetings, Columbian College students are approaching an unprecedented semester with optimism, determination and a commitment to making the most of new experiences. Psychology students like Liam Searcy and Isabella Guastaferro share their stories of how they are approaching the challenges that COVID-19 brings.
Bill Goldman standing with his arms around two women

Alumnus Doctor Takes Care Abroad

For more than 45 years, Dr. Bill Goldman, BA ’72, MD ’75, has brought care and kindness to his patients. After retiring from his pediatric practice, he found a new home for his passion: volunteering as a health care provider in Tanzania.