Allison Nofziger

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Allison Nofziger

Allison Nofziger

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Human Development and Family Sciences
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Why did you choose the COH at OSU to pursue your studies?

My non-traditional educational path led me to OSU’s College of Health for several reasons.

Within the college, I was drawn to the extensive curriculum, addressing many areas of study to ensure you have a well-rounded foundation.

Through my HDFS major, I love the practicum and internship experiences that OSU requires. It allows students to explore their interests, figure out what careers are or are not a good fit, and gives you practical experience in your prospective career field.

This has helped me feel far more prepared and confident to join the workforce after graduation.

What sparked your interest in health?

I have always been interested in helping others, and I think that focusing on health can be a really effective way to make a difference in the lives of others.

Working to improve health outcomes and eradicate disparities in health services is critical to enhancing society.

I am especially interested in finding ways to increase equitable and accessible health care for underserved populations.

Having access to services for physical, mental and social health can increase a person’s overall well-being in deeply impactful ways.

Why are you interested in research?

I’m interested in research because of its practical approach to the theoretical concepts I learn about in class.

I enjoy being hands-on, working to address real questions and contribute to a growing body of social science research.

Research has allowed me to make connections, grow my skills and immerse myself in a project that I have genuine interest in.

I am able to ask questions and explore different methods to find answers, working with people who have shared passions and curiosities.

What research will you be working on and with whom?

I will be working with Shannon Lipscomb and her amazing team made up of undergraduate students, graduate students, coordinators and research professionals.

This research explores the effects of flame-retardant chemicals and home environments on a child’s behavioral and educational development.

While working on my URSA project, I have been gaining invaluable experience learning data entry, how to approach research through a trauma informed lens, and how to conduct assessments with children.

What are your future career and/or academic plans?

After graduating from OSU, I plan on working with under-resourced populations to prevent and treat mental health and substance use disorders.

Eventually I would like to obtain a Master of Public Health degree and a Master of Social Work degree with the long-term goal of working in global mental health.


The Healthy Discoveries undergraduate research program is made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.