Ambika Mathur, MS, is a research analyst in the early childhood development research area at Child Trends. She worked in an animal neuroscience lab while pursuing a double major in psychology and biology, with a concentration in physiology and neurobiology, at The University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Mathur also worked in an animal neurogenetics lab as a summer intern at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and in a cognitive psychology lab 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 for studies examining the influence of anxiety on human cognition. Ms. Mathur conducted her graduate studies in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at The 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 is broadly interested in resilience to health outcomes associated with stress, particularly to early childhood experiences. She has experience in designing and implementing projects, communicating research, analyzing quantitative data, conducting literature reviews, writing, and mentoring. Her initial work at Child Trends involves evaluating licensing in early care, classroom quality, and relationship programs.