HealthyCHILD Students

Heather Roesinger, B.S.
 

Heather is an undergraduate senior at The University of Pittsburgh studying Applied Developmental Psychology. She has a strong interest in the interactions between learning and the school environment, and after graduation hopes to continue her education to become a School Psychologist.  Most recently volunteered as a College Positive YMCA Tutor working with second graders in need of additional academic assistance. Before that, she worked at The University of Pittsburgh Child Development Center. Here, she was a student assistant in an infant classroom, serving as an aid to the head teachers in creating and implementing developmentally appropriate activities for children. Continuously, she participated as a research assistant in the University of Pittsburgh Early Social Development Lab. While here, she worked as an experimenter conducting studies and collaborating with parents to learn information about the social behaviors of young children. Heather enjoys working with young children to help them succeed inside and outside the classroom, and is beyond excited to begin working with HealthyCHILD.

 

Moesha Godwin, B.S.

 

Moesha is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social work with a focus in Mental Health. Moesha obtained her BA in Psychology and child development from Waynesburg University. She spent most of her undergraduate time volunteering at headstarts and interning for FIU’s children’s summer ADHD treatment program. Moesha currently works as a part time therapeutic staff support teaching children social emotional skills. When Moesha is not working with children, during her free time she is going on hikes with her husband and friends, watching movies, or exploring a new city when time permits her to. Moesha is currently a HealthyCHILD Intern in the Office of Child Development where she is looking forward to learning the skills necessary for her to better advocate for children who are experiencing trauma, and need additional support in the classroom.

 

Dana Duncombe, B.S.

Dana is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Pittsburgh. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in 2017 with a major in Sociology and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. As a staff member of Haverford’s Women*s Center, she helped organize events on gender, reproductive health, and sexuality. She also spent two summers in West Virginia and Ohio working with young children and teenagers. In 2016, Dana interned at HIAS Pennsylvania, a refugee resettlement and immigrant-service organization in Philadelphia. She initially assisted case managers and supported summer educational programming and later became the full-time community engagement specialist overseeing volunteer management and community education. To deepen her knowledge of the French language and to learn about international care work, Dana spent two school years in Lille, France, from 2017 to 2019. She worked as an English language assistant in primary and secondary schools and volunteered with Utopia 56 Lille, a national organization offering social and legal support to immigrant individuals seeking asylum. She has also worked as a beekeeper in France and the United States and is an enthusiastic bicyclist. Dana is now thrilled to join the HealthyCHILD team to better support Pittsburgh’s youngest residents, their caregivers, and educators. She is grateful to have the opportunity to broaden her skill sets in trauma-informed, holistic care.

 

Lauren Beatty, B.S.
 
Lauren Beatty received her Bachelor of Science in May 2019 from East Stroudsburg University, majoring in Rehabilitation and Human Services; she had also completed a minor in psychology. Currently, she is working towards getting a Masters in Social Workat the University of Pittsburgh. Lauren has recently just become an intern for The Office of Child Development’s HealthyChild program.
 
While completing her undergraduate degree Laurenwas an assistant teacher at Childtowne Montessori School working with children throughout the ages of toddler, pre-k and kindergarten. Since moving to Pittsburgh, she has worked at Sarah Heinz house as a camp counselor for children in grades 1 and 2. She also had the opportunity to internalongside Pittsburgh students, from ages 6-14 at Friendship Academy, being a classroom therapist to serve children that needed help with their emotional and behavioral needs.Recently, in May 2019 she obtained a job with UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital as a Milieu therapist working on the general adult floor.
 
Lauren’s interests lie in the mental health field and would love to get a job working with children with emotional, mental, and behavioral needs as a mental health therapist.She is excited to start working with HealthyChild to gainmore knowledge and experience working with children to help prepare her for her future goals. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, playing the guitar, baking, taking walks alongside the water downtown and spending time with her family and friends.
 
Tyler Foxwell, M.S.
 
Tyler Foxwellrecently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s Applied Developmental Psychology master’s degree program, with a concentration in Behavioral Health in Schools and Communities. He also completed an internship with the LEND program, in which he managed a five-person multidisciplinary team in a family-centered clinic for children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He graduated with a Biology BS from Wheaton College in 2008 and has been working in cancer and digestive disease research sincethen, authoring many articles. Tyler has been working with and caring for children and people with disabilities in his free time, volunteering at UPMC Children’s Hospital 2013-2016, being the caretaker for a severely intellectually disabled man, and volunteering with children in other miscellaneous contexts.Tyler has a strong background in the sciences and medicine and a calling to work with children, especially those with disabilities and those in need of behavioral support. His role with HealthyCHILD presents an excellent way of combining these aptitudes into a vocation. He looks forward to honing his skills and immersing himself in the classroom with HealthyCHILD. If you would like to talk about human evolution, cosmology, or Japan, or play with Legos, please approach him!
The child is in me still, and sometimes not so still.—Fred Rogers
 
 
Taylor Crosby, B.A.
 
Taylor Crosby, B.S. received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Strategic Communication, from St. Cloud State University in May of 2018. She is currently working towards her Master of Science Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology (ADP) with a specialization in Behavioral Healthin Schools and Communities. Taylor will be working with the Office of Child Development in the HealthyCHILD program as a Developmental Health Consultant Intern. Upon graduation Taylor accepted a job with a professionalsports team, working in Corporate Sales.Despite the positive and insightful experience. Taylor’s passion for working with children and helping, led her back to school with thegoal of developing programs that better serve kids’ individual experiences. With 10+ years of involvement on and working with a team. Taylor is keen to listen, learn and develop trusting relationships. Her experience working in camps and sports will lend a new insight on how development can be achieved.
 
 
 
Kelley Gavel, B.S.
 
Kelley is currently studying as a second-year graduate student at University of Pittsburghin the College of Education pursing her first masters in Applied Developmental Psychology with a concentrationin Children with Special Health Care Needs and Child Life. Sheis also in her first year of her second masters at University of Pittsburgh in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling where she intends to concentrate in pediatrics. Gavel completed her Bachelor ofScience degree in Early Childhood Education at The Pennsylvania State University where she wasnomination forStudent Teacher of the Year in 2017. From 2017 to 2018, Gavel taught 5thgrade in Galway, Ireland and elementary gifted educationin Central Bucks School District. After careful career consideration, prompted by inspiration bymedical personnel and campers at the Double H Ranch, a summer camp designed for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses, where Gavel worked as the Aquatics Director, shedecided to leave the classroom and pursue a career in healthcare.ThroughoutGavel’s first year in Pittsburgh she enjoyed interning at a Pittsburgh based Oncology non-profit, Connecting Championsalong with volunteering at UPMC Children’s Hospitalwhere she had the privilegeof having her Child Life Practicum inthe summer of 2019. In her spare time,Gavel enjoys working out and training for races. She plans to run both the Philadelphia half marathon this fall and the Pittsburgh half marathon for the second time in the spring. She looks forward to her future as a certified and licensed professional counselor and certified Child Life Specialist focused on the mental wellbeing of children with special health care needs.
 
 
Hannah Kelly, B.S.