April 2, 2017

Fourth year FMSC doctoral student Allison Schroeder was recently awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship. The Fellowship will support Ms. Schroeder as she continues her work understanding consequences of childhood adversity. Her dissertation, “Adversity in Early Childhood and Risk of Middle Childhood Behavior Problems,” examines associations between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and behavioral problems within a sample culled from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Her three studies measure the timing and chronicity of ACEs relative to behavioral issues, along with the moderating effect of fathers on the relationship between adversity and problem behaviors. Ms. Schroeder's abstract can be found here.

The Wylie Fellowship provides support to University of Maryland doctoral candidates who have excellent qualifications and who are in the latter stages of writing their dissertations. This full‐time, semester‐long fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000, plus a candidacy Graduate School Tuition Award for the semester in which the fellowship is taken. In addition, the Graduate School pays the student’s mandatory fees. Ms. Schroeder was nominated for the Fellowship by Family Science faculty.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have been awarded the Wylie Dissertation Fellowship," Ms. Schroeder said. "With the support of the fellowship, I’ll be able to focus my energies on completing this research. I'm hopeful my findings will not only shed further light on families’ and children’s experiences of adversity, but will also help inform the prevention and treatment of childhood behavior problems.”

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