Baffour Boaten Boahen-Boaten
Graduate Fellow Baffour (prefers to be called ‘B4’ as all his names begin with a ‘B’) is from Ghana where he graduated from the University of Cape Coast with a Bachelors (BSc) degree in Psychology, having also completed a semester study at the Grand Valley State University in Michigan as part of his undergraduate studies. He proceeded to pursue a Master of Science degree in Global Mental Health from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Prior to his current Master of Public Health (MPH-Mental & Behavioral Health specialization) studies at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis, he held a lecturing position in Psychology at the health-focused Eswatini Medical Christian University in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in southern Africa. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
He worked as a Program Assistant/Consultant for the Frederik Meijer Honors College (Grand Valley State University) Summer Service-Learning program in Ghana where he participated in placement liaising and arrangement in clinical settings as well as development of student learning outcomes and placement schedules. He also mentored faculty and students to navigate the sociocultural environment in Ghana. He was also a Teaching & Research Assistant at the University of Cape Coast where he, among other things, facilitated tutorials for undergraduate students in psychology and education and in the preparation of research manuscripts. Graduate Fellow ‘B4’ is passionate about teaching and mentoring and is thus excited to serve as a WashU College Prep Program Graduate Fellow. He considers the fellowship as an opportunity to share and exchange knowledge and experiences with the younger generation to foster their personal, social, and academic development. His interests, driven by a desire for social justice, include global health, psychosocial issues of HIV/AIDS, mental health of underserved populations such as refugees/migrants, and knowledge decolonization and indigenization. He enjoys soccer and reading in his leisure.