Tiffany Smith attends 2017 National Association of African-American Studies Conference

One of Alcorn State University’s staff members recently presented her research in suicide prevention at a national conference.

Tiffany Smith, research associate for ASU-SPARK, attended the 2017 National Association of African-American Studies Monday, Feb. 13 in Dallas. While there, she presented a research paper presentation titled “Suicide Prevention Program at Alcorn State University: A Multilevel Collaborative Effort.”

Smith was pleased with the opportunity to be among other researchers from across the country.

“Attending the conference was rewarding to me,” said Smith. “To be exposed to an array of researchers from around the world was a life changing experience. I was able to observe various types of research that I may not had an opportunity to observe otherwise.”

Presenting at the conference enhanced Smith’s skills by taking advise from other researchers. It also gave her the perfect opportunity to showcase the great things that go on at Alcorn.

“As a researcher, I am always trying to find new, improved and uncharted ways to find solutions to problems. Having the opportunity to be a presenter was one of the highlights of my career. I was able to present to others on the research that ASU-SPARK has put forth and was receptive to ideas and criticism from other researchers.”

For Smith, researching suicide has become one of her passions. She hopes to help as many people as possible to deal with mental health issues.

“I am quite passionate about being an advocate for suicide prevention. Although I have not been personally affected by such a tragedy, I am well aware of the statistics. Once I began working with this research and saw the number of college students that were affected by suicide, I became overwhelmed. I was constantly reminded that there is not an age attached to someone who may be distressed.”

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