Allyson Pakstis

Allyson Pakstis

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, FMSC, Family Science
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Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: SPH 1236
Phone: 301-405-4007 |

Ally Pakstis is a fifth-year Family Science doctoral student from South Jersey. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from Philadelphia University and her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from The George Washington University. After college Ally worked with the American Red Cross in the Emergency Services Department as an AmeriCorp member, where she taught community emergency preparedness in Philadelphia and responded to natural/manmade disasters. After graduate school she worked as a social science researcher and concentrated on implementation science (e.g. EBPs, scaling up, readiness), program evaluation, positive youth development, cultural and linguistic competence, and rural behavioral health. As a researcher she provided technical assistance to communities nationwide in child and family mental health, implemented a national evaluation study on mentoring interventions for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and supported the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs for the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Ally's current research interests include the transgenerational effects of histroical trauma on families.  In her free time Ally is typically reading too many books at once, obsessing over her adorable dog Lunabelle, going for a run, kayaking in Georgetown, and/or snacking.