Ashanti Cook is a senior at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a First-Generation Transfer student with a focus on Psychology, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Wellness. Additionally, she holds an Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Actively involved in various organizations, Ashanti is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Psi Chi Honor Society, First-Gen Runners, Women in STEM, and The Association of Black Psychologists. She is also an IES Pathways fellow.

In her future, Ashanti aspires to attain a Ph.D. in Psychology, to become a Clinical Psychologist specializing in supporting children’s mental well-being. With her two years of experience working with children, particularly those with learning disabilities, Ashanti finds fulfillment in witnessing their growth and development.

Her research pursuits, conducted alongside Dr. Kathy Ewoldt, search into the intersection of mental health and learning disabilities in students. Ashanti is committed to contributing valuable insights to the field, with a particular focus on enhancing the well-being of students facing learning challenges.