Angelica Ojinnaka

Angelica Ojinnaka

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Youth Research Council Member

 

Angelica is an enthusiastic advocate for youth mental health. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology at Macquarie University. She has also studied at the University of Cambridge for subjects on Microbiology and Autism and recently has completed a United Nations Diploma with the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW). Angelica plans on pursuing a career in psychology and community development.

Angelica’s passions extend from lived experiences and growing up in an ethno-cultural community where mental health is considered a taboo. Her research interests include youth mental health in culturally and linguistically diverse communities and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions, young people impacted by family violence, mental health literacy, and global youth mental health.

Angelica has worked as a support worker and behavioural therapist with children with autism for three years and has interned in the Macquarie University Research Internship Program. She has most recently been a mentor in the Inner West Council Linked-In Mentoring Program, where she worked with a team to design weekly sessions on improving the mental well-being of high school female and non-binary students. She has designed her own mental well-being mentoring program for African youth in Australia and is developing further educational programs for young children about the brain.

Angelica was awarded the 2018 Dr Shirlene Lim Memorial Prize from Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program for outstanding achievements in the face of significant adversity and actively participates in this program. She has many ideas for research and hopes to attribute her leadership, community development and intercultural skills to the Youth Research Council. She is excited to be working alongside likeminded advocates and mental health professionals to create positive change.