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About Me

Hi! My name is Keiana Mayfield. I'm currently a doctoral candidate and TIES Fellow in the Human Development and Family Studies department at The Pennsylvania State University. I earned my Master of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2018. As a doctoral candidate, I'm currently a member of the Family Relationship Lab, under the mentorship of Dr. Susan McHale. 


Prior to beginning my doctoral training, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Studies of Women & Gender from the University of Virginia in 2011. When I finished my undergraduate studies, I took over the education department for Planned Parenthood's Charlottesville Health Center. In this role, I provided important programming for teens, families, and local institutions. Although the work was incredibly rewarding, my time in this role compelled me to pursue a master's degree in clinical social work. I completed my Master of Social Work degree as an L&S Scholar and Advance Opportunity Fellow from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2015.

Outside of academia, I'm an avid reader, typically finishing 100-150 books each year. I connect with my community by running several book clubs for kids and adults through my local, woman-owned indie bookshop, East City Bookshop. In addition to being a complete bookworm, I'm also a wife, mother and walker of a very large dog named Otto.

Thank you for being here, and I hope we can find a way to connect.

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