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Erin Budesheim


I completed my undergraduate education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology in 2019. During my undergraduate career I participated in internships working with adolescents in juvenile detention centers and partial psychiatric hospitalization settings. In my prior research experience, I found my passion for mental health stigma in college students and promoting positive development.


I am in my third year at the University of Illinois in the Counseling Psychology Program working with Dr. Chris Napolitano. My research focuses on young adult wellbeing through the lens of social media use. I work in collaboration with Hopelab, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, to understand the how wellbeing interacts with social media use and inform technological developments to meet the concerns of young adults. Moreover, I am interested in understanding who is susceptible to the negative effects of social media use and how to inform positive and protective social media practices among young adults.


Outside of school, I enjoy exercising (e.g., weight lifting, yoga), art history, traveling, reading, and cooking new dishes!



EPSY 202: Exploring Cultural Diversity (EPSY 202) Introduction to cultural diversity and social justice issues through interdisciplinary readings, discussion, and experiential activities. The course involves a 1-hour lecture and 2-hour lab/discussion section each week. The lecture focus is on raising awareness of key issues, concerns and concepts, providing accurate information on diverse groups, and relating theories and models to critical incidents of social oppression in everyday life. The lab/discussion sections follow a group dialogue and experiential activity format, and focus on relating the readings and lecture material to personal experiences and active learning activities.

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