Noah Crane

APEX Fellowship | Noah Crane

October 22, 2020   /  

Major: Psychology
Class Year: 2021
Faculty Mentor: Grit Herzmann

As a Collegiate Outreach Specialist at NAMI, a national non-profit in Rochester, NY, I provided educational outreach for mental health awareness and stigma prevention for colleges and universities.

Noah Crane will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

19 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Noah Crane”

  1. Noah – Thank you for mentioning that you found your host organization after a conversation with Prof. Garcia! We always try to stress to students that talking to folks you know is a definite good first step. I know you had a bit less uncertainty about what you’d be doing than some other students but I wonder what your thoughts are about working virtually and especially delivering counseling service remotely. Congratulations on making the most of your summer!

    1. Hi Cathy! Thank you so much for your kind words. To answer your question, I would say that working virtually was very challenging at first since neither me nor the people whom I worked with really knew what to expect in an online format. Having remote support groups was also a big adjustment due to the fact that most families were used to participating with each other very personally, and the online environment didn’t always offer them the same experience that they were accustomed to. However, overtime we all learned how to make the most of the situation and found new ways to interact with one another in a way that gave people the support that they were looking for. Virtual work can be done in the field of counseling services, it just takes some time to adjust to it. Hope all is well!

  2. It’s very cool that you got to both make your own internship in something that you are interested in doing professionally and had the opportunity to interact with people over the summer! It sounds like a great experience!

    1. Thank you so much Kayla! I am very fortunate to have been able to have had this experience. Congrats on your summer fellowship as well!

  3. Great job on your presentation, Noah! Good luck in your next steps to achieve your goals. You are definitely on the right career path!

  4. Great presentation, Noah! It was so interesting to see how you pivoted your work with NAMI once going virtual.
    You said this experience taught you about the type of workplace and work you were interested or not as interested in. What are some examples of what you learned?

    1. Hi Kathleen! That’s a great question. I would say that some specific examples that I learned in terms of the type of work that I’m interested in would be that I have a much stronger interest in working in private practices compared to the non-profit setting. There is so much behind the scenes work that NAMI Rochester does besides offering support to families, and I am not sure if I would be ready for all that they have to do straight out of my college experience. They do an enormous amount for the community, and I feel that I would want to focus on helping individual patients as opposed to also doing outreach and advocacy work with several other organizations. Thank you again for helping me obtain this experience!

  5. Noah,
    It sounds as if you had a great experience. I’m glad to hear that your work here has influenced your I.S.
    Thank you for mentioning the way that you designed your internship. Your advice is wonderful for your fellow students.

  6. Great presentation Noah! The impact of virtual outreach to those with mental illness is more important than ever these days. It’s great how you created an internship opportunity that allowed you to use your skills and passion for helping others in a new and creative way. Best of luck with your IS and your future goals in the psychology field!

    1. Hi Mr. Cunningham,
      Thank you for watching it! I’m so grateful for your support, and am so lucky to have Abby as a friend. I hope that you and your family are doing well!

  7. Hi Noah, it was great to watch your longer video; I would love to discuss the issues you addressed, from the functions of social media mental health outreach (and specific examples of material and messaging), as well as the impact of social media on youth; there is so much research out there that is correlational, leaving us wondering whether social media use makes kids depressed, or whether depressed kids use social media more… I feel the first is more likely, but without doing some controlled experiments, it’s hard to tell, and hard to apply the results.

    I noticed that you are choosing between an MSW and PhD program; even though I did the MSW, it sounds like I am recommending the PhD, IF you like doing research.
    Best wishes in your career. I wish this format allowed a direct conversation!

    1. Hi there Mr. Foley,
      I’m so honored that you enjoyed my presentation! I would love to talk to you more about my work with social media and mental health support. I think that a lot of research that I’ve found also makes a distinction on how kids use social media (whether it be actively or passively), which is a big portion of my Independent Study. Many adolescents and young adults benefit from media platforms that are specifically geared towards interactive use, and this can be a great way to make them feel real connections and decrease loneliness and depression. Please feel free to reach me at, and I would love to set up a virtual or phone conversation with you to give you some specifc examples of what media I used at NAMI Rochester. Thank you so much for reaching out, and have a wonderful day!

      1. Okay, it would be good to do some teleconference chatting so that we can share screens. I will email you and take it from there!

    2. Hi there Mr. Foley,
      I’m so honored that you enjoyed my presentation! I would love to discuss these topics of social media and mental health support in greater depth with you. From the research that I’ve found, it seems to be that not only are the materials and messaging are important for young peoples wellbeing, but also how they are using social media (either actively or passively). This is a big portion of my current work with my Independent Study, and there are lots of pieces of literature out there that conveys how using social media in a more engaging and interactive way can actually reduce feelings of loneliness and depression. I think that in times like these, it’s important to try our best to use social media in a manner that will make us feel connected to each other rather than isolated. If you’d like to see some of my work with NAMI Rochester in regards to social media content, feel free to email me at I’d be happy to have a virtual meeting or phone conversation with you as well. Thank you so much for reaching out and taking interest in my summer internship. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  8. Noah,

    Great presentation! Part of my fellowship involved mental health research for veterans in the Pittsburgh area. I was curious if you found any trends regarding the mental health status of individuals in the New York area.

    Eric Kraus

    1. Hi Eric,

      Hi Eric,
      Thank you for watching it! I would say that there are definitely trends of people’s mental health in the Upstate New York Area. For example, older adults who didn’t have a lot of the same technological resources as younger adults found it difficult to stay at home during the pandemic, and many of them talked a lot about feeling isolated. We tried our very best to make sure that we could also send people supportive resources through the mail, for those who didn’t have the best internet access or a computer at home. I also would make the argument that individuals who were going through a transition during this time (a new home, new job, new school) were struggling a lot with their mental health due to how difficult making these transitions were because of COVID. Did you find that these trends were also present in the Pittsburgh area? Fantastic job with your fellowship!

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