"I feel like I'm taking part in Detroit's renaissance, and that has motivated me to pursue my passion here."
Marvin always knew he wanted to be a nurse, drawn to going beyond the basics of medicine to care for the whole patient. After earning his B.S.N. at Hope College, this Traverse City native is making his home in Midtown, working toward his Ph.D. in Nursing at Wayne State. Inspired by his previous experiences tutoring underprivileged youth and working as a clinical nurse in Munson Hospital's psychiatric mental health unit, Marvin is now conducting doctoral research with a focus on urban health. He is studying the role that adverse childhood experiences play in the development of substance abuse disorders and other health conditions, particularly in minority populations. Marvin hopes to use his Ph.D. to build a career in academia, furthering his discoveries to become a faculty member and expert in the nursing field.