Hello! My name is Nyalok Nhial, and I was born and raised in San Diego by parents who immigrated to the United States from South Sudan. As an individual with this specific background, I find it important to increase racial and cultural diversity within the professional and research fields.I moved to the Monterey area in the Fall 2014 to attend the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), where I major in Psychology, which I feel serves as a versatile way to understand diverse backgrounds through research and applied settings. In the Spring of 2018, I experienced a shift in both my career and research interests, and began to focus on Public Health. Since this is a passion of mine, I have also decided to minor in Community Health Education, which will benefit me well as I do more research and begin applying for graduate programs.
In the Fall 2016, I became a (UROC) Scholar, which connects students with faculty mentors, funded undergraduate research opportunities, and graduate school preparation. This program has been especially important in helping me understand research in my discipline, as well as what graduate school entails.
I am also a research assistant with Dr. Daramola Cabral, Doctor of Public Health and Professor & Department Chair of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy. We currently focus on homelessness as it relates to homeless women and their lack of hygiene products. We also focus on colorectal cancer screening perceptions within the Black/African American community.
My research interests are related to my cultural heritage and upbringing, and the forms of disconnects I have noticed. These interests include minority health disparities, public health, homelessness, epidemiology, and aspects of cultural expression. Upon graduating from CSUMB in Fall 2019, I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health.