Randl Dent '15

Randl Dent is a PhD candidate 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. She is expected to graduate with distinction in May 2020.

Her research interests are primarily focused on discrimination, the physical and mental health of African Americans, healthcare utilization and the mechanisms by which racial health disparities are created and maintained. Additionally, Randl was selected for the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) in 2017 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. Randl received additional funding from the NSF to fund herself to complete a non-academic research internship at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

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 regarding the NSF GRFP, graduate school, and health-related careers.