B.A. Auburn University, Psychology, 2014
• Black Feminist Theory
• Intimate Partner Violence
• Qualitative Methodology
Evans, A. (2018). A pathway to resilience: Turning personal experiences into passionate research. In B. Baker and C. Thomas, Outside In: Voices from the Margins.
Hlavaty, K., Evans, A., & Haselschwerdt, M. L. (2015). The peer relationship experiences of young adults exposed to domestic violence. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Vancouver, BC
Evans, A., & Haselschwerdt, M. L. (2017). Exposure to intimate partner violence: An integration of resilience and intersectionality frameworks. Poster presentation at the annual conference of ResilienceCon, Nashville, TN
Instructor – HDFS 2000 (Marriage and Family in a Global Context)
Instructor - HDFS 2030 (Professional Development and Ethics)
Instructor – HDFS 3060 (Patterns of Family Interactions)
Guest Lecturer – HDFS 3060 (Patterns of Family Interactions)
Guest Lecturer – HDFS 4680 (Families in Cross Cultural Perspectives)
2019 – Present – Principle Investigator, supervised by Dr. Silvia Vilches, Mothers’ Body Image and Play for their Daughters (Mama Bird Study), Department of Human Development and Family Science , Auburn University Responsibilities include: Develop interview protocol, create recruitment materials, manage participant recruitment, train and mentor undergraduate research assistant, conduct qualitative interviews, manage data transcription, independently analyze and interpret data
2018 - Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Silvia Vilches, Developing Early Intervention for Physical Health (DEIPH) Project, Department of Human Development and Family Science , Auburn University
Responsibilities include: Assisting with survey and measurement development, assisting with creating interview guides, assisting with managing surveys on Qualtrics, Co-Interviewing for qualitative interviews, training undergraduate research assistant on Qualtrics, and transcribing and coding data
2016 – 2017 – Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Megan Haselchwerdt, Family Violence Across the Lifespan (FVAL) Lab, Department of Human Development and Family Science , Auburn University
Responsibilities included: Assisting with survey and measurement development, managing participant recruitment, training undergraduate research assistants on recruitment, coding, and provided feedback on reflexivity activities, conducting and transcribing interviews, and coding data
2015 – 2016 – Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder, Alabama Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Initiative (AHMREI) Lab, Department of Human Development and Family Science , Auburn University
Responsibilities included: Entering data in SPSS, analyzing and interpreting data for adult and youth research reports for AHMREI community partners, training in data cleaning, and training in Relationship Smarts Plus
• Samia I. Spencer Award ($2500)
Any lessons learned?
1. Self-care is not selfish – it is essential.
2. You can find amazing academic mentors outside of your department.
3. Your education, health, and happiness are your responsibility – advocate for yourself!
If you could study any random thing other than HDFS/MFT, what would it be?
Sociology or Women’s Studies
What advice would you offer to someone thinking about graduate school?
Being a successful graduate student is not about intelligence. It is about perseverance and hard work. It is easier to succeed if you find your “academic tribe” of students with similar interests to support you along the way – they may be in different departments! Finally, for all minority, first generation, and/or non-traditional students: You belong. You deserve to be here. You can do it!