Alex worked in the HDE lab 2016-2017. He is originally from Utah and some of his hobbies include watching all things sports related, playing classical music, and spending time with his wife and kids. While he worked in the lab, focused his research on extracurricular activities and how they promote resilience. With his background in music, he was originally interested in how music classes support refugees, but that interest expanded to other extracurriculars as well. Alex conducted a literature review of this topic and also participated in early data entry projects. After graduation, he completed a masters degree in public health at the University of Utah and is now currently a first year medical student at the University of Utah. The goal is to one day be a pediatrician and merge all these aspects of his background to help promote positive health outcomes. Some people might look at his career path of music major, psych research assistant, master degree in public health, and now medical school as unrelated. But he really sees all aspects of his training as being complementary and beneficial to helping him become an excellent clinician who practices patient- centered care.

Highlighted Works in the HDE Lab

  • Knudson, A. & Masarik, A. S. (April 17, 2017). Extracurriculars and refugee youth adjustment in schools: An illustrative review. Poster presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference in Boise, ID.

  • Knudson, A. & Masarik, A. S. (April 17, 2017). Extracurriculars and refugee youth adjustment in schools: An illustrative review. Poster presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Masarik A. S., Abellera, C., Holdiman, A., Knudson, A., & Mack, A. (November 18, 2017). Refugee stress and resilience: Application of the Family Stress Model. Poster presentation at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

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