Zach Mannes, MS

T32 Predoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2014
Bachelor of Science, Human Development, Virginia Teach, Blacksburg, VA, 2014
Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2016

Hometown: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Research interests: Biopsychosocial determinants of substance misuse in underrepresented populations and the development and implementation of interventions to address substance misuse for medically underserved populations.
Long-term career goals: My current, ideal, career outcome would be to work collaboratively in an academic health science center that values the inter-professional, multi-disciplinary team-based approach to addressing health disparities. My work would continue to focus on the empirical development and implementation of behavioral interventions to reduce substance misuse particularly in underrepresented populations. I would also like to be able to apply my expertise to related disorders and populations.
What philosophy guides your education? Epicureanism, and having a well-rounded knowledge base which can be applied to everyday life. It is my belief that without a balance of hard work and tranquility it would be difficult to live a satisfactory life both inside of the classroom, and out.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? I believe the more pressing public health concern, at least as it pertains to my training as a future clinical psychologist, is the stigma associated with mental illness. People can go a lifetime without receiving adequate care for mental health disorders due to perceived stigma. Not receiving prompt care can have lasting impacts on physical and mental health. Reducing stigma, along with providing affordable and effective psychological treatment would promote a higher quality of life and likely yield other numerous and substantive benefits.