Olivia Shenkle

Olivia Shenkle


Olivia’s academic excellence earned her an invitation to join Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. One of her professors noted that Olivia was always “top-notch,” “interested in clinical topics and her growth as a future clinician.” For the past three years, she honed her research skills working in Dr. Sarah Garcia-Beaumier’s Clinical Neuropsychology Lab.

Her success as a research assistant in the lab earned her the position of Research Coordinator this past year. Outside of the department, Olivia completed two clinical internships, one at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Orlando, and the other at BrightStar Care in Orange City. She also served as a FOCUS leader for two years.

Olivia’s senior research project, which she presented at Stetson Showcase, examined gender differences in perceptions of the ‘body positivity’ movement: she found that women have a more positive perception of the movement than do men.

After graduation, Olivia will take a gap year to gain more research experience, and she hopes to work in the body image/weight loss field. Her ultimate goal is to earn a PhD in clinical psychology.