Lorraine McKelvey

Lorraine McKelvey




Assistant Professor 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 

Professional Bio

Lorraine McKelvey, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She completed her doctoral training at Michigan State University in development psychology with specialized training in applied developmental outcomes.

My New Connections Experience

I applied for New Connections funding based on the substantial overlap between my research interests and those of the Vulnerable Populations study group. My research has primarily focused on the impacts of risk and protective factors on the developmental outcomes of low-income children and their families. The funding from this program will allow me to look specifically at childhood exposure to family conflict and violence in the neighborhood as predictors of adolescent cognitive and behavioral outcomes.

The New Connections program has provided me the opportunity to further develop skills essential for having a successful academic career. I have developed new relationships with scholars and have had the opportunity to participate in advanced statistical training. The training and support available through the New Connections program has resulted in significant gains in my ability to build a foundation for a strong research career.

Research Interests

I am actively involved in the study of children at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. My research activities have concentrated on better understanding how the social experiences of economically disadvantaged individuals influence their health and developmental outcomes. The social experiences of greatest interest include the experience of stress from ecological sources and coping strategies of individuals and families.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2008
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Vulnerable Populations 
  • Project Name: Children’s Exposure to Violence at Home and in the Community: Pathways to Outcomes at Age 18 

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