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Christa Mahlobo
Christa Mahlobo
Graduate student
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Summary Statement

Christa studies the processes that foster positive mental health and wellbeing in African American communities, investigating health disparities and developing culturally adapted health and mindfulness interventions to improve mental, social, and emotional health outcomes.

Department
  • Graduate Student
Education
  • Doctoral candidate, Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS)
  • Masters of Science; Penn State University; Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management (RPTM)
  • Bachelors of Science; Louisiana State University-Ogden Honors College; Kinesiology, Human Movement Science; Minors, Psychology and Chemistry
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Interests

Christa is a Sloan Scholar, Prevention and Methodology Fellow (PAMT), and an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor who is interested in the developmental processes and mechanisms that foster positive mental health and wellbeing in African American communities. Her research includes investigating health disparities and developing and evaluating culturally adapted health and mindfulness interventions to improve mental, social, and emotional health outcomes within communities of color.

Professional Experience

Awards and honors:

  • NIH/NIDA T-32 Pre-Doctoral Fellow
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar
  • Recipient of Bunton-Waller Assistantship

Departmental roles:

  • Co-instructor for HDFS 108: The Art and Science of Human Flourishing
  • Admissions Committee Student Member
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Council (DEILC) Member, College of Health and Human Development