Position title: Graduate Student Project Assistant
UW Population Health Institute
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726
Laura is a Project Assistant with the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health (MATCH) group in the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin. Her role is to support the work of the Engaged Research and Development lab. Laura has 5 years of experience working at nonprofits serving children and families on a local level around the country. At these non-profits she gained experience in home visitation for families with young children, providing evaluation and fidelity support in programs designed to keep families together, and grant writing and stakeholder communications for children’s educational programs. Her research focuses on the conflict and reconciliation of multiple racial identities in children and the ways in which they choose, or are inhibited from choosing, to identify themselves. She wishes to explore how family dynamics and influences affect identity choices and mental health. Over the long-term she hopes to better understand how to promote positive identity development in youth who might experience conflicts between multiple identities. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Grinnell College.