CTBScience Affiliated Faculty Member, Laura Reid-Marks, PhD, Awarded Prestigious McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship!

September 07, 2021
Laura Reid Marks, PhD

Laura Reid-Marks, a CTBScience Affiliated Faculty member, mentee to Dr. Sylvie Naar (CTBScience Director), and KL2 recipient from the FSU K Scholars Program, has been awarded the prestigious McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship!!

Reid-Marks is an assistant professor in the APA-accredited Combined Counseling and School Psychology doctoral program. She’s also the director of the Global Research on Working to Ameliorate Health Disparities (G.R.O.W.T.H.) Research Lab, which seeks to develop knowledge on the factors that precipitate disparities in career and health, and the ways in which these disparities can be decreased.

“It is important to have protected research time to achieve the research success necessary for tenure at a preeminent research institute like Florida State University,” Marks said. “This fellowship plays a critical role in reducing inequities that exist in higher education and helps to develop a community of diverse scholars.”

Overall, her research focuses on minority stressors (e.g., overt racism, racial microaggressions) and their deleterious effects on the lives of people of color. Her long-term goal is to develop culturally tailored interventions to reduce health disparities that exist for people of color. Marks said the McKnight Junior Faculty Fellowship will give her the opportunity to work on a project investigating the factors that contributed to the health disparities witnessed during the pandemic.

“This fellowship will provide me with dedicated time to work on a project where we collected data on mental health and substance use at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Marks said. “It has been widely recognized that communities of color have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic. I will examine differences in these health outcomes based on race and sex at birth, as well as factors that may modify or change these relationships.”

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