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Kaela Yamini

Kaela Yamini

Human Development and Family Science

HDFS major is Boston-bound to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.


Human Development and Family Science; Psychology


Lawrenceville, Ga.


Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Athens-Clarke County DFCS, former president of the UGA Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), current advisor for the UGA Chapter of the NAACP, research assistant in the Family, Relationships, Emotions, Stress, and Health Lab (FRESH) Lab, research assistant in the EMPOWER Lab, Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society, presenter at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Zell Miller Scholarship, Presidential Award of Excellence, Dean’s List, graduating Magna Cum Laude

Why I chose my major

The first time I went to an organizational meeting my freshman year, I met a senior in HDFS who absolutely loved her major. We had a long conversation about our interests and future career goals and realized that we had a lot of things in common. Seeing that this major would give an opportunity to study people and relationships in a unique and inclusive way, I decided to add it on with my psychology major.

What I like most about FACS

I love the overwhelming support I’ve received from both faculty and students. When I’m in class I feel completely comfortable speaking and engaging with my professors and peers, and I feel I’ve had the opportunity to get to know all of professors personally. They are all very open and honest with us about their experiences and expertise, making it that much easier for students to connect with them academically and personally. I feel that if I were in any other college, I wouldn’t have grown as much as a student and as an individual.

Post-graduation plans

In the fall, I will attend the University of Massachusetts-Boston to pursue my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. My research will be focused on African American mental health and advocacy.

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