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Karen Sova

Research Field Collector, Peabody Research Institute

Karen began working at PRI in August 2015 as an undergraduate research assistant. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Studies; Psychology; and English, with a minor in Quantitative Studies. Her thesis was titled: "Evaluation of a Measure of Parent Behavior: An Item Response Theory Approach to Dimensionality and Informant Agreement." In the past, Karen has worked as a research assistant in the Garber Lab at Vanderbilt, focusing on evaluating a positive parenting intervention to decrease depressive symptoms in children and at the Texas Child Study Center at University of Texas at Austin studying anxiety disorders in youth. At PRI, she primarily works on the Adult Offender Meta-analysis project. Karen became interested in studying incarceration and the reintegration of offenders into society during her semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was enrolled in a service-learning program in a local prison. Karen is currently taking some time after her undergraduate studies to plot her future and apply to graduate programs. Her long-term goals constitute studying criminology, human development, and law, and to advocate for individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system.