Junior Develops Interest in Mental Health Field

MARCH 31, 2015 – Tarik Endale (NHS’16), an international health major, says his educational experiences at Georgetown have helped focus his energies on mental health.

He credits his former professor Margaret Baker, PhD, for inspiring him to explore this field.

“Professor Baker helped me refine my interest in mental health and gave me a lot of information and tools that have come up in other classes and my internships,” he says.

Older Adults

This semester, Endale has also enrolled in a clinical neuropsychology class taught by Steven R. Sabat, PhD, professor of psychology.

As a part of the learning experience, Endale spends three hours a week at the Holy Cross Medical Adult Day Center, where he observes the effects of brain injury on older adults.

“It’s simultaneously volunteer work where I interact with the participants and help out the staff, as well as a learning moment, where I take clinical observations as I go,” the student says.

Community-Based Internship

For the bachelor of science program in the Department of International Health, juniors complete a community-based internship in the local area that helps prepare them for the global internship during their senior year.

Endale has been working as a mobile outreach intern for HIPS, a local organization that, according to its Web site, “. . . promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance.”

At HIPS, Endale participates in the organizations’ street-based outreach to vulnerable populations, providing HIV and hepatitis C testing. He also holds walk-in meetings, where he promotes the organization’s needle exchange and offers harm reduction counseling.

Clinical Simulation

At Georgetown, the junior also works at the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, writes for The Caravel on global health issues, and is a goalkeeper on Georgetown men’s club soccer team.

“I crave variety, so being able to wear so many hats is great for me,” Endale says. “All these different experiences have reinforced that I am in the right field of study and work.”

As an intern at the simulation lab, Endale has worked with students in the nursing major, helping them gain clinical experience in a safe setting.

“It’s pretty amazing to see the steady growth in skill level from their first day in the lab to graduation,” says Endale.

By Masha Mikey (S’15)