Alli Smith is a Research Assistant at the Appalachian Center for Resilience Research. Alli recently graduated magna cum laude with honors in Psychology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. As an undergraduate, Alli was actively involved in the Bairnwick Women’s Center, focusing heavily on women’s health and sexual assault prevention.
Last summer, Alli interned with the Yale Child Study Center, researching the trajectory of autism in the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab (YESCog). She presented a poster on longitudinal predictors of functioning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Alli previously interned with Thistle Farms, where she cultivated an interest in resilience by working alongside women who had survived addiction, prostitution, and trafficking on the streets of Nashville. Alli’s academic interests include feminist identity development, eating disorders, body image, and resilience. Alli is eager to gain experience in the field as a member of the ACRR team.