Ednah Nwafor is part of the CASEL Research-Practice Partnership team as a Research Fellow. Her role supports the Equitable Learning and Development Project as a qualitative documenter and survey developer assistant, to aid in better understanding the mechanisms and factors that facilitate effective research-practice partnerships.
Prior to joining CASEL, Ednah was a Research Project Coordinator in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She is a graduate of Tufts University, where she earned both her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology and Master’s in Child Study and Human Development. Her research interests center on culturally sensitive mental health care for youth of color and promotion of their healthy ethnic and racial identity development. Ednah has several years of research and mentorship experiences working with children and young adults serving in multiple capacities. She is an active Tufts Health Careers Fellow, providing mentorship and guidance to Tufts’ undergraduates from underrepresented groups in the health sciences. Her passion for mental health and working with children and adolescents grew during her senior year practicum, where she served as a clinical intern at a short-term rehabilitation center for young girls, providing therapeutic services and learning how to actively listen to the concerns of her clients. This was further cemented after her time as a teaching assistant in Washington Heights, New York through the Americorps program, Blue Engine. She plans to use these experiences to improve the developmental outcomes of children, especially in the area of academic achievement and mental health, in marginalized and under-recognized spaces similar to her home in the Greater Newark area, New Jersey.