Clinical student-driven research
Dr. Sperling does a wide variety of clinical research. One of her primary passions is medical student wellness and burnout, including finding preventative resources to reduce depression and suicide, the effect of exercise on student anxiety, and researching the impact of self-awareness training. A second area of focus is sports medicine, with studies on NCAA gymnasts, professional cyclists, and other athletes. The majority of her projects are spurred by student research questions and interests, which leads to guidance and training in the research process and a collaborative partnership. This typically results in poster presentations and publications.