Dr. Alyssa Mikytuck is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Randolph-Macon College. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development and Public Policy from Georgetown University as well as an M.P.P. from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown. She completed a post-doc at the University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative, Social and Decision Analystics Division. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods with diverse data sources (e.g., administrative data, surveys, interviews, etc.) to conduct policy-relevant research.
One line of her research focuses on adolescent development in justice system contexts. Specifically, Dr. Mikytuck is interested in investigating the family dynamics of adolescents with justice system involvement and how expected developmental tasks, like developing close friendships, influence and are influenced by justice system involvement. Additionally, she focuses on ways practitioners and researchers may work together to translate developmental evidence into justice system policies.
Another line of Dr. Mikytuck's research is focused on improving data reusability in the sciences. Ensuring funded research is reusable is an efficient use of government funding and fosters scientific transparency, rigor, and collaboration. In her work, she aims to understand the needs of researchers who use existing data and/or produce publicly accessible data to facilitate data reuse.
See her CV below for more details.