A Researcher at Heart

Ivy Tran has been traveling a research path for eight years. The 2012 BHS graduate has called upon the critical thinking and writing skills she learned in high school over the years, first as an undergraduate studying psychology at Boston University and now as she works toward earning her doctorate in clinical psychology at Long Island’s Hofstra University.

This former class president looks fondly upon her years in the Bexley Schools, and enjoyed helping to plan her class’s five year reunion. She cites AP European History as “hands down” her favorite class and places serving as an editor for The Torch at the top of her list for great learning experiences. 

Navigating the COVID-19 pandemic for Ivy has meant temporarily moving out of her NYC apartment to quarantine in upstate New York where she takes courses online. The pandemic hit far too close to home when her father contracted the virus and spent two weeks sedated and on a ventilator. Fortunately, he is now home and recovering. 

As someone who enjoys spending time with her classmates and professors, she misses those personal contacts. As part of her doctoral program, Ivy is providing teletherapy for her clients. She is looking forward to the day when she can return to the path that the COVID virus interrupted. Her goal, upon earning her doctorate, is to teach and conduct research into identifying and improving early interventions for persons with severe mental illnesses.