Alyson Cavanaugh is a doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from the University of Delaware (2010) and a Master of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2012). Her dissertation will examine culturally-relevant coping strategies in the context of adversity (i.e., discrimination) for mental health outcomes (i.e., internalizing and externalizing symptoms) and academic engagement among Mexican origin adolescents. Alyson is also interested in examining protective and risk mechanisms that underlie coping, ethnic and racial identity processes, ethnic-racial socialization, cultural values, and developmental processes among immigrant adolescents and youth of color. The award will give her the opportunity to attend a workshop on analyzing development trajectories.