2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellow Allison Frost

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Allison Frost

Allison Frost

Grad program: Clinical Psychology
Undergrad: BA, Northwestern University
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Advisor: Kristin Bernard

How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF?
Amazing! I feel very honored to be recognized along with so many other great scientists!

What will you research and how might it benefit the world?
In my research, I plan to study how early adversity (such as poverty or maltreatment) influences children’s developmental trajectories through dysregulation of stress response systems (such as the HPA axis). This work will advance our understanding of how stress “gets under the skin” and influences functioning in children, thus providing important clues as to how we can prevent and treat social, emotional and behavioral problems in this vulnerable population.

What sparked your interest in your research, or science in general?
I became interested in this research after working in the psychiatry unit of a children’s hospital, where I interacted with children from a broad range of backgrounds who presented many different behavioral and emotional problems. I had always loved working with kids, and in this context I saw just how much their environments influenced their behaviors and responses to treatment, which inspired my research.

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