Jessica Maksut

Entered the Program: 2012

Hometown: Saco, ME

Previous Education:

  • M.A., HDFS (Prevention and Early Intervention), University of Connecticut, 2015
  • B.A., Psychology, Quinnipiac University, 2012

Research Interests:

  • Social-ecological approaches to HIV prevention and health promotion
  • Health disparities interventions for race, sexual orientation, and gender identity minorities
  • Sexual stigma
  • Access to healthcare services

Advising Committee:

  1. Major Advisor: Lisa Eaton, Ph.D. – HDFS
  2. Associate Advisor: Edna Brown, Ph.D. – HDFS
  3. Associate Advisor: Keith Bellizzi, Ph.D. – HDFS
  4. Associate Advisor: Debarchana Ghosh, Ph.D. – Geography

Degree Milestones:

  • Comprehensive Examination, pending review (submitted in June 2016)
  • Preliminary Portfolio, approved in May 2016
  • Master’s Thesis, defended in April 2015

Assistantship Experience:

Graduate Assistantships:

  • Graduate Assistant, Fall 2014 – Present (Supervisor: Lisa Eaton, Ph.D.)
  • Graduate Assistant, Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 (Supervisor: JoAnn Robinson, Ph.D.)

Teaching Assistantships:

  • Instructor of Record, Issues in Human Sexuality (HDFS 3277), Fall 2015 – Fall 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Professional Communications in Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS 4007W), Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

Awards/scholarships/fellowships:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Dean’s Fund Fellowship, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2016
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2016
  • Mattoon-Kline Endowed Scholarship Fund, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2016
  • Graduate Student Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship, Office of Public Engagement, University of Connecticut, 2016-2017
  • Best Paper Published in a Peer-Reviewed Journal, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 2015
  • Psi Chi – The International Honors Society for Psychology, 2011
  • Outstanding Freshman Award, Quinnipiac University, 2008