Ari Melech Israel
Ari is a Master’s student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Boston College. He earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
Ari’s primary clinical and research interest involves the topic of complex traumas—traumas experienced chronically during key developmental milestones in a young person’s life. Ari participated in the Burke Advocate program wherein he had an opportunity to develop his skills working with young students of Color with heightened trauma exposure. Ari is interested in exploring the relationship between the concept of complex trauma and the field of racial trauma. He is interested in learning current interventions aimed at providing relief for those with early, chronic trauma exposures as well as improving his cultural inclusivity.
Ari is a current fellow in the Minority Fellowship Program "Services for Transition Age Youth" (S.T.A.Y.) Fellowship. In addition, Ari was a conference organizer and host for the 20th anniversary of the Diversity Challenge. He was responsible for technology development, social media, and creating a commemorative video highlighting past attendee's experiences with the conference. Ari was also a member of Race Culture Challengers (RCC) as well as the ISPRC lab and has participated in a presentation alongside Kahlil DuPerry, Courtney Wright, and other RCC members on creating a self-empowered space in academia at the Women in Psychology conference that was held in Newport, RI in February 2019.