Emerging Scholars Fellowship

About the Emerging Scholars Fellowship

The Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship, generously supported by the Scattergood Foundation for Behavioral Health, provides an opportunity for students to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.  The Emerging Scholars Fellowship program aims to expand the body of literature, creative expression, and discourse devoted to mental health with a particular emphasis on health equity and anti-racism related to young adult mental health.

From March to August 2021, these five fellows will complete their projects, build a peer network, connect professionally with a national mentor and gain experience distributing their content to college audiences.  Stay tuned for more updates from this wonderful group of students.

meet our 2021 scholars

Jardin Dogan

University of Kentucky – Doctoral Student

Jardin Dogan is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the University of Kentucky’s Counseling Psychology program. She seeks to help Black people heal by breaking down barriers and stigmas related to mental health and wellness within Black communities. Her project aims to address health equity by assessing critical consciousness as a culturally relevant coping strategy for race-related stressors and negative mental health outcomes among this racial group.

Selina Flores

San Francisco State University – Masters Student

Selina Flores is completing her Masters of Public Health at San Francisco State University. Selina is a mental health advocate hoping to provide mental health resources and education in under-resourced communities. Selina will examine how decolonizing mental health by highlighting holistic approaches can promote positive mental health outcomes among college- aged students of color and eliminate disparities in those seeking help. With an interest in photography, a photovoice component will document mental health journeys and holistic approaches with photographs.


Amanda Gao

Georgetown University Undergraduate Student

Amanda Gao is currently a student at Georgetown University pursuing a degree in Healthcare Management and Policy. She is a mental health advocate and is the President of her college’s Active Minds chapter. She will be investigating mental health literacy among BIPOC college students, evaluating their mental health literacy levels and the current programs available to students on campus.

John Taylor

Widener University – Doctoral Student

John G. Taylor is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Sexuality Studies Program at Widener University. John is passionate about educational and public health initiatives that address issues involving Black men and their families. As part of his doctoral studies, he will explore young Black men’s perceptions of the connections between structural violence, mental health, and sexual behavior.

Jennifer Tran

University of South Florida Doctoral Student

Jennifer Tran is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary program of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida.  In 2018, Jennifer received her Masters in Community Agency Counseling at George Mason University, where she developed her passion as a mental health advocate and social justice warrior. Her project will provide an online resource aimed at addressing stigma experienced by marginalized communities (i.e., individuals living with mental illness, LGBTQ+ individuals, and BIPOC) through the power of intersectional storytelling.