City College Fellow
Born in Guyana, Neelam Prashad moved to the United States in 2002 where her educational career got off to a rocky start. Facing language, cultural, and social challenges as a young adult, she took adversities and attempted to turn them into learning experiences (not an easy task for many). She changed schools four times between elementary and middle school. In high school, she embraced with conviction the belief that "education is the key to success."
Neelam graduated Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NY with honors and as the Senior Class President. She came to the City College of New York intending to major in Economics, but her interests quickly shifted and she developed a passion for Psychology. For her, it explained the inexplicable behaviors that she had observed and experienced. Growing up, she questioned whether people actually had the ability to change. Psychology shifted her views dramatically, allowing her to see that change is possible for anyone. Neelam wants to enable positive change in the lives of others.
Neelam's interests are largely centered on Clinical Psychology and more recently, in anxiety disorders. She is currently a part of the Honors Program in Psychology conducting research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Future research will likely focus on identifying the underlying processes of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. Her objective is to discover how these processes can possibly be altered to provide more effective treatment for other types of disorders and maladaptive behaviors.