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Kinjal Pandya

Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina
Program: Clinical Community Program

Kinjal is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Community Psychology program. She received her B.S. from The Ohio State University where she studied the impact of stereotype threat on cognitive performance and physiology among women of color. Kinjal is broadly interested in sociocultural factors involved in the well being of women of color. Under the mentorship of Dr. Armstead, Kinjal has investigated correlates of obesity in African American Women using community based participatory research, the experiences of women of color in academia, and biopsychosocial predictors of stress, depression and inflammation in African American women. Kinjal is also the co-founder of a program (Recognizing Experiences through Active Learning or REAL talk) geared at fostering dialogue among people of various backgrounds in order to build empathy, perspective taking, and increase individuals’ capacity for social change.