Shy Porter

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, FMSC, Family Science
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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 1228 SPH
Phone: 301-405-4015 |
Shy Porter is a second-year doctoral student in the Family Science program. She completed the M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy degree from the Department of Family Science in May 2016 and spent the summer of 2016 as an intern at the National Institutes of Health. She has remained involved in research at NIH.
Shy's research interests are focused on mating, dating, and relationship formation processes as well as relationship maintenance behaviors across the lifespan. She is also interested in sexual and reproductive health and its impact on couple relationships. Shy is particularly passionate about understanding the nuances of these research topics within ethnic minority communities. Her master's thesis explored the perception of a shortage of "marriageable" African American men among African American women. She plans to continue to hone her interests in couples/marriage research in the coming years.
Outside of school, Shy works in private practice as a licensed couple and family therapist in Bethesda, MD. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, exploring new areas, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with friends.