EWU McNair Scholar Rachel Silverthorn graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She went on to attend Florida International University’s PhD program in Criminal Justice, with full funding. This spring, she will complete her Masters degree in Criminal Justice, and continue through the program for her PhD. She is on schedule to begin writing her dissertation in summer 2023.
In March 2022, a paper Rachel co-wrote with her faculty, Revisiting the Association Between Attachment to Parents and Adolescent Substance Use: Conditional Effects of Parental Disapproval, was published by the American Journal of Criminal Justice. Additionally, in her position as a research assistant, she is currently involved in 4 ongoing projects, 3 of which will be submitted for publication in the next year.
During her time as a McNair Scholar, Rachel was mentored by Dr. Kayleen Islam-Zwart on her Summer Research project The Effects of Pregnancy on Jury Perceptions. Rachel also presented research at EWU’s 2020 Virtual Symposium on Gender differences in confidence in jury decision making. Her goal is to become a professor and continue research within the criminal justice system so she can impact policy in order to reduce bias and increase equitable treatment.
Congratulations, Rachel, on your academic achievements and publication!