New Mexico State University
Ryan’s research project “Aggies Talk” is examining the impact of stigma and attitudes on peer-to-peer helping behaviors among first-generation students. As a mentee of Dr. Michael Kalkbrenner, Ryan contributed to the dissemination of a new scale which measures the way undergraduate students respond to a college student peer experiencing mental distress on campus. His study will extend this research by examining the influence of stigma and personal attitudes toward mental health help-seeking on responses to peers in distress. Ryan is a PhD student in counseling psychology (anticipated graduation in 2021). His career in research, beginning in his master’s program, has allowed him to work with numerous principal investigators at the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit Mercy, and New Mexico State University.