Aura Ankita Mishra

Fall 2013

I am a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies program at Purdue University. I am originally from India and moved to the United States to pursue my undergraduate degree in 2009.

Through my substantive research, I am trying to understand the role of environmental, social and biological processes on long-term physical and psychological health, and overall well-being as a consequence of adverse and traumatic experiences during childhood and adolescence. My more general research interest is in understanding the role of risk and protective factors on well-being outcomes in at-risk children and youth. I am particularly interested in exploring the following broad research questions:

1) How do atypical childhood experiences (eg: victimization, discrimination, trauma) impact physical health, social well-being and mental health during adolescence and over the life course?
         1.1) What roles do social support, biological predispositions and environmental factors play in these associations?

2) What role does ongoing violence, trauma and victimization play on health and social outcomes of vulnerable adolescents and youth?
         2.1) What factors can help promote positive outcomes in at-risk children and youth?

I use longitudinal models of human development in a structural equation modeling framework to answer these questions.

Please feel free to contact me via email for possible collaborations, or with your questions or comments.

Research Interests                   

•    Developmental trajectories in vulnerable populations and developmental psychopathology
•    The role of childhood trauma, victimization and discrimination on physical, social and mental well-being across the life-span
•    At risk youth and associated social, emotional and behavioral outcomes
•    The role of on-going trauma, victimization and discrimination on physical, social and mental well-being across the life-span
•    Quantitative research methods
•    Risk-resilience and group participation

Curriculum Vitae

Research Projects


Advisor:  Dr. Sharon Christ

Aura Ankita Mishra

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

Human Development and Family Studies

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