Alcorn alumnae earn doctorate degrees in their respective fields

Alcorn State University graduates are known for achieving great accomplishments once they complete their time on campus. The same goes for Dr. Lillian Brady, class of 2009 and Dr. Kimberly Jones, class of 1999.

The Alcorn alumnae recently earned doctorate degrees in their fields. Brady completed her dissertation in February and will earn a doctorate degree in neurobiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jones earned her doctorate degree in human resource education and workforce development from Louisiana State University in December.

Although matriculating through school tested Brady’s will on several occasions, she managed to pull herself together and make it to the finish line.

“I am still getting used to the feeling of finally being done with graduate school and accomplishing this goal,” said Brady. “A lot of time, self motivation and self teaching were put into this degree. Through perseverance and the support of family and friends, I was able to accomplish what I set out to do. It feels great.”

Jones’ fondness for assisting others is what motivated her to further her education. She has a vision for her career, and she plans to make the best of it.

“It has always been my dream,” said Jones. “I enjoy academia and strive to become a tenured professor. My future goal is to solidify a life-long career in academia that reflects my passion and desire to help others.”

Both Brady and Jones are eager to take their knowledge and apply it to uplifting those around them.

“African-Americans are more likely to suffer from serious psychological distress due to a variety of reasons, yet are less likely to seek mental health services. My ultimate plan is to use my knowledge of neuroscience and neurobiology to educate and essentially help eliminate the stigma that comes along with seeking mental health services in the African-American community,” said Brady.

“Much of the programming in my current 4-H Youth Development position is heavily focused on teaching youth and adults on various life skills desired by the current workforce. I am currently awaiting approval to teach an undergraduate, non-formal education course. In addition, results from my dissertation are being used to adopt multiple areas of the current program.”

The Alcornites are both adamant about crediting the University as the driving force behind their success. They both thank their former mentors for providing an ideal foundation for their careers.

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