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Bruno Ache Akua
Ph.D. Student, HDFS


M.Ed. Educational Psychology

Research interests
• Adolescent and young adulthood development
• Alcohol and substance use
• Externalizing and internalizing behaviors
• Parent, peer, sibling, and romantic relationships
• Personality and individual differences
• Risk, resilience, and personal agency
• Parenting styles, marital conflicts, and divorce.
Courses taught
Analytics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Lifespan Human Development in Context

Research projects
Combined use of alcohol and cannabis: Patterns, predictors, consequences, and mechanisms of change.

Fun Facts
Any lessons learned?
I have learned that the best ways to approach life are to be humble, selfless, and forgiving, and above all, to listen more and speak less, and if you do not have anything to say, keep quiet.

Favorite books/movies?
Black Panther

Favorite quotes/sayings?
The purpose of adversity is to destroy your weakness.

Hobbies/hidden talents?
I enjoy playing soccer especially indoor soccer and its incredible pace.

Hero/someone you look up to?
I look up to Dr. Diana Rose Samek. Apart from being a super great supervisor and mentor, she is an awesome human being. I also look up to Dr. Robert Ryan Bob. His simplicity and excellent teaching skills leave me in awe.

If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
If I could study something other than HDFS, it will be spirituality.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
The advice I would give someone thinking about graduate school is that it is not a crown of thorns neither is it a bed of roses. It is an amazing experience that demands real hard work.