Alyssa received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, and her M.P.P. and Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Alyssa was trained as a developmental psychologist and is passionate about using data to inform policy and practice decisions, particularly within the juvenile justice system. Her dissertation research focused on the friendships of youth who commit serious offenses and provides evidence that can guide strength-based, developmentally informed justice interventions for this high-risk population of youth. At the Biocomplexity Institute, Alyssa works with a variety of data types (survey, experimental, and administrative) and research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative) to inform evidence based decision-making. She is interested in data visualization, community-based research, and research methodology.
Quantitative and qualitative research, research methodology, adult criminal and juvenile justice systems, adolescent development, resiliency, data visualization