Kayla Nelson

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Graduate Student in Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science
Research Interests

My population studies related research interests include my own personal interests in linking neighborhood resources and risks to child and adolescent development and well-being, with the goal to inform understanding of timing and impacts of neighborhood-level variables. In addition, I am a graduate student researcher on an NIH grant investigating the impacts of social inequality at a neighborhood-level on predicting child and adolescent well-being using prospective, longitudinal datasets. This membership would allow me to continue developing my own academic interests and knowledge in utilizing population study approaches and data to inform developmental science and, long-term, intervention and prevention efforts.


Kayla is a third year doctoral student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science track at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota. Before beginning her graduate training, Kayla graduated from the UMN with her B.S. in Psychology. She also worked as a research lab manager and coordinator at the Institute of Child Development and, in this role, studied risk and resilience processes in the context of familial homelessness. Her current research interests include understanding multi-system pathways of risk and resilience for children and adolescents in the context of psychopathology and identifying mechanisms to promote mental well-being.