Randl Dent '15
Randl Dent is a third-year PhD student in the Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington and Lee in 2015, where she gained research experience in Dr. Megan Fulcher's developmental psychology lab. While at W&L, she was a psychology and sociology double major. In August 2015, Randl joined the VCU health psychology doctoral program.
Her research interests are primarily focused on discrimination, healthcare utilization, patient-provider communication, both physical and mental health of African Americans, and the mechanisms by which racial health disparities are created and maintained. Additionally, Randl was selected for the prestigious 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program to investigate the role of feature-based discrimination in the help-seeking behaviors of black undergraduate students, a topic inspired by her time at W&L. Her long-term career goal is to translate current research into policy in order to help patients, providers and policymakers work together to create a healthcare system that promotes health equity. Randl frequently returns to W&L to speak on panels and meet with current students. She encourages students to reach out to her with any questions they have about graduate school and health-related careers.