PhD, Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, University of Minnesota
Cohort Six Fellow

Academic Mentor
Arthur J. Reynolds
Professor, Institute of Child Development and Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota

Policy Mentor
Elizabeth Carlson
Director/Affiliated Graduate Faculty and Research Associate, Irving B. Harris Training Program, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of California, San Francisco: Postdoctoral Fellow

Areas of Expertise

Mental Health and Well-Being, Prevention Science, Developmental Science


Alison Giovanelli, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Pediatrics- Adolescent Medicine. She completed her PhD in Child Psychology in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Prior to completing her PhD, Alison completed her Master of Arts in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Alison's doctoral research, which was largely directed by prior experience teaching kindergarten, focused on the impacts of early adversity and high quality early childhood intervention in a large longitudinal sample. A secondary research interest was the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for youth with both internalizing and externalizing disorders and their parents in collaboration with a large capacity mental health organization. Through DDCF, she worked on a team in collaboration with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, and Human Services to develop and distribute a county-by-county report quantifying both risks to the healthy development of Minnesota's young children and services to address these needs. More recently, she spent her doctoral internship year at Stanford Medical School/The Children's Health Council providing clinical services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.