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Alyson Cavanaugh

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Doctoral student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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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 gave her the opportunity to attend a workshop on analyzing development trajectories.