Emma joined Mental Health Colorado in 2021, after graduating from the University of Denver with majors in psychology and gender studies. There, they worked with other students in an on-campus psychology lab that investigates person perception with an emphasis on implications for social inequality and discrimination. Emma’s primary role was to contribute to research on the intersection of racial bias and perceptions of pain tolerance, as well as participate in the conceptualization of potential interventions as they pertain to issues of public health and racial equity.
Emma’s own experience with overcoming an eating disorder contributes to their drive to work in the field of mental health and to help address the system’s current failures. They believe it is a fundamental human right to be of ‘good’ mental health, and inaccessibility to mental health services, stigmatization or criminalization of mental illness, and prejudice against minoritized groups are all obstacles that need to be addressed with urgency.
Emma lives in Denver with their partner and rescue dog Thelma. They enjoy singing and collaging in their free time and are the vocalist of local indie rock band Blankslate.