GROWTH Research Lab

The mission of the Global Research On Working To ameliorate Health disparities (G.R.O.W.T.H.) Research Lab is centered on understanding racial discrimination and their influence on mental health and health behaviors, and career development in disadvantaged college populations (e.g., first generation college students, racial/ethnic minorities, women). Overall, the lab seeks to develop knowledge on the factors that precipitate disparities in career and health, and the ways in which these disparities can be decreased.

Learn more about the research lab members below!

Research Lab Members

Dr. Laura Reid Marks, Lab Director

Dr. Marks is an Assistant Professor in the APA-accredited Combined Counseling Psychology and School Psychology doctoral program. She is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology, as well as her Master of Arts in Education and Education Specialist in School Counseling from the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University after completing her pre-doctoral internship at Arizona State University Counseling Services. She spent four years as an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Memphis before beginning her position at Florida State University.

Noel Magwood

Noel is a first-year doctoral student in the Combined School and Counseling Psychology program at Florida State University. She is a member of the G.R.O.W.T.H. research lab where she examines microaggressions, and her other research interests include suicidality and perfectionism. Noel hails from Miami, Florida, and she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Oral Roberts University. She received her Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Florida State University. During her master’s program, Noel facilitated equine therapy, dance therapy, CBT, and spirituality sessions with women and children with eating disorders. She currently works as a mental health therapist with adolescents in the school setting. At her leisure, Noel enjoys hosting her weekly book club, watching Netflix, dancing, and spending time with her fiancé, family, and Shih Tzu.

Khyati Verma

Khyati is a first-year doctoral student in the combined Counseling and School Psychology program at Florida State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Delhi and master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from Amity University, India and Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Her research interests include exploring consequences of racial microaggression, role of bystander intervention in microaggression, risks and effects of imposter syndrome in minority adolescents, and impact of school environment in racial identity and resilience development. Outside school, she enjoys watching Netflix, painting, and trying out new recipes.

Jamesha BeauPierre

Jamesha is a transfer student from Seminole State College where she received her Associate of Arts and her Associate of Science. At Florida State, she is a 4th year senior expecting to graduate in Fall 2021 with her degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She plans on attending Florida State University's School of Physician Assistant Practice once she obtains her bachelor's. She's currently a member of the Undergraduate Research Program (UROP) and her current project focuses on healthcare utilization among undergraduate college students. Outside of academics, Jamesha enjoys hanging with family, friends, and her dog, Miracle. She often travels to the Caribbean, which is where her family is from.