By Kirsten Weir
As a psychology PhD student at the University of California, Davis, Natalie Troxel is exploring the health outcomes of adults
who experienced poverty as adolescents. It’s a complex topic. While
she’s approaching it from a psychological perspective, she’s found
herself delving into sociology and economics in order to understand
all the factors that can affect health.
Fortunately, her advisor is affiliated with the university’s interdisci-
plinary Center for Poverty Research, so collaborating with researchers
in other fields has been “an organic process,” says Troxel, an elected
member-at-large of the American Psychological Association of Grad-
uate Students (APAGS). “I’m lucky that I have a supportive advisor
who encouraged me to do interdisciplinary work.”
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