Marissa Abbott

Credentials: MPH, University of Rochester, 2015; BA, Epidemiology, University of Rochester, 2014

Email: mcabbott@wisc.edu

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Marissa Abbott is a fourth-year PhD student in Social Welfare and a Project Assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty. She has completed requirements for a minor in Human Development and Family Studies and a Certificate in Clinical and Community Outcomes Research. Her dissertation research blends child welfare and public health, focusing on child maltreatment prevention and intervention and improving screening for trauma and adversity in childhood.

In her role as a Project Assistant, Marissa has developed numerous memoranda for state and federal agencies on a wide array of policy topics (e.g., paid family leave, opportunity youth programs, opioids, child welfare, and child maltreatment). Trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods, she has experience with research and program evaluation, including analyzing data, designing surveys, and interviewing research participants.

Before returning to graduate school, Marissa worked as an epidemiology fellow at the California Department of Public Health, where she continues to provide ongoing consultation regarding program evaluation. She also has recent experience working with Wisconsin Child Abuse Prevention Board.

Marissa is interested in academic jobs, postdoctoral fellowships, or government positions with an emphasis on child and family policy or research starting in the Summer or Fall of 2021.

Interests:
Child maltreatment prevention, childhood adversity, trauma screening, social determinants of health, program evaluation, family policy.