Alyson M. Cavanaugh

Alyson M. Cavanaugh
Alyson M. Cavanaugh
Research Scientist
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 258
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Alyson Cavanaugh, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Child Development Institute. Dr. Cavanaugh’s research on children’s socioemotional, behavioral, and academic development is grounded in developmental science, cultural-ecological models of child development, and risk and resilience theoretical frameworks. Her body of work has focused on culturally-relevant risk and protective mechanisms to shed light on pathways to resilience for children across family, school, and community contexts. Dr. Cavanaugh is interested in building upon this work by developing culturally-informed, school-based interventions that will promote children’s positive academic, socioemotional, and behavioral developmental outcomes. In addition, Dr. Cavanaugh enjoys serving as the Project Manager of the Self-Regulation Skills for Success (SRSS) Study at FPG.


Prior to joining FPG, Dr. Cavanaugh was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Using her expertise in advanced research methodology, she also provided consultation on data analytic plans for several research projects and a recent grant application. Dr. Cavanaugh is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development’s Latino Caucus and Society for Research on Adolescence.