Allyson Diggins, M.A.

DigginsBiography

Allyson Diggins is a doctoral student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida and a McKnight Doctoral Fellow.  She is a member of the University of Florida Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the University of Florida Multidisciplinary Academic-Community Obesity Disparities Research Team. Her overarching research and clinical interest focus on improving well-being and health outcomes in racial/ethnic minority and under-served populations. Specifically, Allyson is interested in addressing inequities in health outcomes among African American/Black breast cancer survivors. Allyson received her Master’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in 2013 (graduating summa cum laude). Her thesis research focused on emotional eating, stress and coping among college-aged African American women. Allyson obtained her Bachelors degree in psychology in 2011 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied parenting-related stress and eating behaviors among parents and children. In addition to her professional interests, Allyson is dedicated to mentoring children and adolescents from diverse backgrounds. In her first year at the University of Florida, she developed a mentoring program for girls that focuses on embracing diversity, self-expression, community involvement and perseverance. She is delighted to be a part of the iRACE team!.