Iman Tolola

Iman Tolola, LC ’25

Iman is interested in a career in the health sciences.
Major/Minor: Undecided

Iman is a team member of the Behavioral Health and Social Psychology (BHS) Lab, advised by Psychology Professors Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell and Brian Detweiler-Bedell, this collaborative research team presented their findings on “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy And Intentions Among Liberal Arts College Students” at the 2022 Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in San Francisco, CA.

“I definitely feel as if this collaborative [research] experience has impacted the way I will be going about research and collaborative work in the future. I feel more open to possible research opportunities in the future.”

Key Research findings: In their research, the BHS lab team compared their survey results on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and intentions among liberal arts college students to those of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s nationwide survey. They found similar trends in vaccine intentions among Lewis & Clark College students and people in the United States. While Lewis & Clark students had a lower vaccine hesitancy rate than the nation overall, students of color were more hesitant than white students, a trend also reflected in the nationwide findings between Black and white respondents. Additionally, politically conservative LC students and national respondents were both more hesitant than liberals. The top three barriers to vaccination at LC also aligned with national findings, being fear of side effects, lack of trust in the government, and concerns about the newness of the vaccine. Read more about the BHS lab at: https://college.lclark.edu/labs/behavioral_health_and_social_psychology/.