Ambika Mathur

Ambika Mathur

Senior Research Assistant, Bethesda, MD

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Education & Certification

MS, Bio-behavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University, BS, Psychology and Biology, University of Maryland, College Park

Ambika Mathur, MS, is a senior research assistant in the early childhood development research area at Child Trends. At the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), she pursued a double major in biology and psychology. After working in animal neuroscience labs at UMD and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Ms. Mathur conducted fMRI scans examining working memory in healthy adults at George Mason University via the American Psychological Association’s Summer Science Fellowship. She obtained further training as a research fellow at the NIMH, where she collected and processed data examining the influence of anxiety on human cognition. Ms. Mathur conducted her graduate studies in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Pennsylvania State University. Her Master’s thesis, published in The Journal of Behavioral Medicine, examined risk and protective factors that may affect associations between early life adversity and pain in adulthood. Ms. Mathur’s content experience includes mental and physical health outcomes associated with stress, particularly childhood adversity, as well as resilience to stress. She is skilled in assisting with the design and implementation of projects, communicating research, teaching and mentoring students, analyzing quantitative data, and writing and copy-editing. At Child Trends, Ms. Mathur is involved in projects focused on early care and education systems and indicators of child well-being.