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Ashley Bernard

Research Assistant, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University

Ashley is a Clinical Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). She graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in Health Science in 2017. During her senior year, she had the opportunity to work with the Morehouse School of Medicine on developing an app prototype geared to providing its users with preventive services, education, nutritional support, and social services to improve pregnancy outcomes particularly in African American women. After graduating, she continued her studies at Drexel University gaining a M.S. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences in 2023. Her capstone project focused on how exercise can be used as an intervention method to help prevent postpartum depression in women. During her master’s program, Ashley developed an interest in clinical research from taking courses including Designing a Clinical Trial, Federal Regulatory Issues in Biomedical Research, and Ethical Issues in Research. Ashley hopes to further develop her research skills and knowledge, and advance within the clinical research industry with a goal to help improve the overall health of marginalized communities.