Sarah Walsh is an undergraduate student studying developmental health through the Bachelor's Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program. Her major looks at the interaction of ecology and biology in the context of children's health. She is using her CRF award to support her senior honors thesis, chaired by Dr. Karen Kalmakis (Nursing).
Exploring research linking adverse childhood experiences to physical and mental health issues in adulthood, her thesis takes approach to illuminate what is currently being done in response to this research in two main areas: child care settings and policy. Linking the fields of medicine, education, psychology, social work, and community development, her thesis presents a much-needed analysis of current practices and policies within these contexts with the hope of furthering a new framework for early childhood care and intervention that more effectively reflects developmental science. She presented her honors work in an oral defense in April 2014.