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DBHR Prevention Fellow: Sabrina DiGennaro

Prevention Fellow Sabrina DiGennaro

Education

B.A. Human Development, Washington State University, 2020

Minor: Psychology, Washington State University

 

DBHR Prevention Fellowship

Phase 1: Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, Olympia, WA

Phase 2: Marysville, WA

Phase 3: Lakewood School District, WA

Pursuing the DBHR Fellowship:

Sabrina was inspired to pursue this fellowship so that she could gain hands on experience, preparing her for a future career in research. She is looking forward to making a positive impact at the community level as well as build relationships that she will maintain throughout her career.

Looking beyond the DBHR Prevention Fellowship:

Sabrina is interested in pursuing a PhD in Prevention Science with a focus on substance use prevention. Within substance use prevention, Sabrina’s primary interest is responding to the current opioid crisis.

Reflection on fellowship experience:

Sabrina found her future career path through the fellowship and hopes to continue to work within the prevention science field in the future. Sabrina enjoyed learning the similarities and differences of state, county, and local level prevention, as well as the opportunities in each area. During her time as a fellow, Sabrina accomplished a multitude of projects all while going to school full time. Sabrina was able to provide technical assistance to the Substance Abuse Prevention Systems Training (SAPST) as well as complete over 150 hours of continuing education classes. She was also involved in research done around the relationship of opioid use within student athletes, the redesign of new fellows’ orientation, and a project highlighting media that supports positive social norms. During her phase 2, Sabrina assisted in a Starts with One Campaign throughout the Marysville School District. In Phase 3, Sabrina presented at the regional Family Youth and System Partner Round Table (FYSPRT), focusing on the importance of prevention science.

This fellowship allowed Sabrina a chance to come out of her shell and understand her personal strengths and weaknesses. She enjoyed the opportunity to network at the state and local level, finding mentors to support her along the way. Sabrina enjoyed the ability to use her mentors as a resource and learning tool throughout the fellowship as well. The fellowship has fueled Sabrina’s passion for prevention science and hopes to continue to work within this field for her career.