Yamalis Diaz, PhD
Yamalis Diaz, PhD, started Project L/EARN with an academic track record that might have ruled out acceptance in many internship programs—a grade point average of 2.8 (C+). Accepted into the program on the recommendation of the faculty mentor who had taught her in a sociology course, Diaz took full advantage of the program. Under the direction of a Project L/EARN mentor—Kathleen Pottick (social work)—she wrote her summer paper on “The Effect of Insurance and Facility Ownership on Inpatient Length of Stay of Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbance,” co-authored with Pottick and current Project L/EARN co-director Jane Miller. The paper became the basis for a conference presentation and published proceedings at the University of South Florida Research & Training Center for Mental Health Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health.