Irene Mapfunde, Research Coordinator
What is one project you’re excited about that you are working on in the lab right now?
Im really excited about the STAR Study. I love the participants and I enjoy working with them and learning how to be a good researcher every single day.
What is something that you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love a good book ( currently reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett)
What brought you to work here?
The lab members - the lab has so many warm and great people in it. I felt like out of all the places I could work, this lab was the place I could be my most authentic self.
What do you want to be when you “grow up”?
I want to known for my work and research in mental health focused on Sub-Saharan African communities.
What is something that you are personally working on improving (about yourself, about the world, about your community etc)?
I'm really working on practicing gratitude more diligently. Focusing on what I have and what is around me and being grateful of that. And when I don't have something, being grateful for the lessons that come from hardship/discomfort.
What is something you have accomplished and are proud of outside of work?
Getting into graduate school !
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what?
Absolutely none but I'm really good at braiding hair!
Give us a snapshot of a moment of joy in your life.
Waking up at 5 am on a crisp Spring morning with the birds chirping and it kind of feels like I'm the only person in the world because everything is so so quiet.
What has made you the proudest in your time in the lab?
I was the most proud when the lab invited Novalia Collective to come and work with the lab. I was particularly proud of the labs engagement and commitment to social justice. I felt heard, seen, and loved.
If you could be anything (outside from your current field) what would it be?
I wouldn't mind being a teacher.
What’s important to know about you?
My religion is very important to me.