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Christa Mahlobo

PAMT Predoctoral Fellow

Introduction

Christa Mahlobo is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State and a Bunton-Waller and PAMT Fellow. Her research interests include developing and evaluating culturally-adapted health interventions, identifying social determinants of health in the Black community, and the role of health policy in prevention science. After her undergraduate studies, she worked for an education non-profit dedicated to improving minority representation in STEM disciplines. She has continued to work in social justice spaces to promote equity in education, and more recently, in health. She received her Master's Degree from Penn State in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, and she is an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor interested in the holistic health benefits of mindfulness interventions. 

She is advised by Max Crowley, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director of the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative; and Damon Jones, PRC Associate Research Professor. She also frequently collaborates with Rob Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Compassion and Caring, and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies.

The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains pre-and post-doctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.