Oceann Gittens Receives Dissertation Award!

Oceann Gittens holding laptop with dissertation

Oceann Gittens presenting her dissertation titled, "Examining A Brief Mindfulness Intervention On Educator Well-Being".Oceann Gittens

Oceann Gittens just received the prestigious Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) Dissertation Grant Award. This award will help to fund her dissertation research that centers on reducing teacher stress and will evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention we are calling, BE Mindful (Brief Educator Mindfulness-Based Training).

The purpose of the Society of School Psychology Dissertation Grant Awards is to promote excellence in research training in school psychology, thereby enhancing the capability of students to pursue a productive research career that advances the science of school psychology. With this ambitious dissertation project, Oceann is well on the road to doing just that.

Oceann Stanley Gittens is a third-year school psychology student on Dr. Anna Long's team. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2015 and her master's of arts in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University in 2018. After working in a school-based mental health practicum for a year, she oversaw projects relating to how children learn in the Cognitive Development Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Her current research interests are in promoting equity in school mental health and wellbeing for both students and educators. Outside of the program, Oceann loves adventuring (e.g., hiking, kayaking, traveling) as much as she loves being cozy at home with her husband and their dog, Hudson.