Miglena Ivanova



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Curriculum Vitae

Professional Bio

Miglena Ivanova is a second-year doctoral student working with Dr. Rina Eiden in the Development, Risk & Resilience Lab and Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser in the Gene Environment Interplay Across the Lifespan Lab. Originally from Bulgaria, she received her B.S. degrees in Psychology and in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Montana State University Billings in 2019, graduating as an Honors Scholar and the 2019 University Golden Merit Award Recipient. Her research interests lay in the understanding of different pathways via which early risk and protective factors predict childhood codeveloping internalizing and externalizing behavior problems, and subsequently adolescent substance use and psychological disorders. She is also interested in applying innovative quantitative methods to answer her research questions. Miglena is currently investigating the effects of prenatal exposures to substances on the codevelopment of internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in young children, and how early caregiver sensitivity affects the association. Her long-term goal is to translate her research into developing more individualized evidence-based prevention techniques and early interventions.

Miglena  Ivanova