Alison McClay is a research analyst within the youth development program area of Child Trends. She earned her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time at Chapel Hill, Alison supported a federally contracted survey study as a survey research assistant with the H.W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. She also coordinated program evaluation activities for Community-Academic Resources for Engaged Scholarship projects as a graduate research assistant at the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute. For her practicum, Alison worked with the Vermont Department of Health as a Title V Maternal and Child Health intern investigating the relationship between health care access and utilization among women working in agriculture.
Alison has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in various capacities, including working as a youth counselor, community health and sexual violence prevention educator, and eighth grade math teacher. She attributes her interest in youth development, teen pregnancy prevention, reproductive justice, health equity, and health systems transformation to these experiences. Originally from Angier, North Carolina, Alison also has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, with a minor in Spanish from Appalachian State University.