Marita Elizabeth Adenika Coker

Marita Elizabeth Adenika Coker

Marita Elizabeth Adenika Coker

Peer Social Networks Acculturation Multicultural Adolescents Ethnic and racial identity Psychopathology

My name is Marita Coker and I am a current Masters student in the Applied Developmental Psychology program.I have a passion for exploring the dynamic intersections of peer social networks, acculturation, multicultural adolescents, ethnic and racial identity, and psychopathology. My research journey is guided by a deep curiosity about how these factors influence one another and shape the lives of individuals, particularly in the context of diverse and multicultural settings.

Under the mentorship of my primary advisor, Dr. Olga Korneinko, and secondary advisor, Dr. Adam Winsler, I am committed to advancing our understanding of these critical areas. My academic pursuits are driven by a desire to contribute valuable insights to the fields of psychology and social sciences.

Through rigorous research, data analysis, and a dedication to fostering inclusivity and cultural awareness, I aim to make meaningful contributions to our understanding of human behavior and well-being. I am excited to embark on this journey of academic exploration and discovery as I work alongside esteemed mentors and fellow scholars.

Education

I pursued my Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science and Social Inquiry with a Minor in Africana Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from September 2019 to May 2022. During last year as an undergraduate student, I focused on conducting research studies centered around 21st-century African Ontology. I developed project implementations for diverse studies encompassing social, cultural, political, and economic aspects. My research study that I conducted at Virginia Tech pioneered my interest in research in social and psychological contexts. Ultimately, leading me to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology.