Jesse Mala

Graduate Student, Educational Leadership/Neag School of Education (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My current research interest lies in examining the role of stress on brain function in underserved and minority populations and how this impacts education through grades K-16 and within graduate education. My research interests’ stems from my experience as a person of color who has lived in poverty, yet somehow I was able to overcome the various social and psychological barriers to gain access into higher education. Furthermore, I plan on examining if exercise can be used as an intervention to ameliorate the negative impact of poverty on brain function. I would also like to elucidate the underlying physiological effects (stress and brain function) of racial micro aggressions among people of color attending a predominately white institution, like UConn. My scholarly work in my doctoral program so far has mainly examined how sport-based interventions have improved students’ leadership qualities and their psychological connections with school. I hope that as an InCHIP Graduate Student Affiliate I can be supported to engage in further research along my interests.


Central Connecticut State University, 2008, B.S. Physical Education
University of Connecticut, 2014, M.S. Kinesiology/Exercise Science

Contact Information
Mailing Address249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3093
Storrs, CT 06269