Undergraduate University (B.A.): University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Graduate University (M.A.): American University – Washington, DC
Research Interests: Kathryn’s main research interests lie in the developmental effects of sociopolitical violence on adolescents and young adults. Following a social-ecological framework, she studies interactions and reciprocal effects in person-environment transactions as well as interactions between intra- and extra-organismic mechanisms. Kathryn's main focus is on identifying potential risk/protective factors and examining their effects on the development of clinical phenomena such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder in violence-exposed youth. Her past and present projects have examined these issues among youth populations in various conflict-affected societies, such as the United States, Northern Ireland, Uganda, and Egypt. Moreover, in addition to basic research, Kathryn seeks to engage in translational research that will aid communities in identifying and assessing effective and evidence-based psychosocial interventions at the grassroots level.
Advisor: Dr. Dawn Gondoli