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Megan Golonka,

Research Scientist, Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resiliency, Duke Center for Child and Family Policy


Megan Golonka is a research scientist with the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resiliency (C-StARR) at the Center for Child and Family Policy. Her areas of interest include risk behavior, social media use, and peer relationships among adolescents and emerging adults.

Golonka originally joined the Center as a senior research aide (2001-2004) after receiving her B.A. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She later worked as a project coordinator with the Center's Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (2004-2008) before attending graduate school. Golonka received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Duke University in 2013, along with a certificate in college teaching from the Duke University Graduate School. She spent a year teaching emerging adulthood in the Duke University Thompson Writing Program before returning to the Center to focus on research in July 2014.