Abroad: Santiago, Chile – Fall 2019
Sarah Galbenski is a member of Professor Laura Miller-Graff’s Building Resilience After Violence Exposure (BRAVE) Research Lab. The BRAVE lab is affiliated with the Department of Psychology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and its goal is to produce psychological research that informs trauma treatment practices in both domestic and global contexts. Galbenski is currently assisting in the adaptation of Miller-Graff’s Pregnant Moms’ Empowerment Program (PMEP) to the linguistic and cultural climates of Lima, Perú and Monterrey, Mexico. PMEP is composed of five group therapy sessions, and it addresses the effects of intimate partner violence on mental health and pregnancy. Galbenski primarily assists with data interpretation and collection, document translation, and the adaptation of mental health services across contexts for the program.
Galbenski’s research interest in Latin America began when she participated in the Center for Social Concerns’ International Summer Service Learning Program in San José de Chimbo, Ecuador the summer after her freshman year. She is currently studying abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.
I am interested in sexual and gender-based violence both domestically and internationally, especially as it pertains to Latin America. Through my current research, I have grown interested in female empowerment as a peace building tool.
I am currently a research assistant in Professor Laura Miller-Graff's Building Resilience After Violent Exposure (BRAVE) Research Lab. Primarily; I assist in Miller-Graff's Ford Program Project entitled Empowering Pregnant Women in Lima, Peru. This project aims to adapt the Pregnant Moms' Empowerment Program (PMEP) presently being piloted in both South Bend, Indiana and Memphis, Tennessee to the cultural climate of Lima, Peru. PMEP addresses how intimate partner violence affects mental health and pregnancy in five group therapy sessions.