Samantha E. Lawrence, M.A., is a doctoral candidate in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences at the University of Connecticut (UConn) and a Graduate Assistant for the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity where she studies weight stigma with Dr. Rebecca Puhl.
Sam earned her B.A. in Psychological Sciences and Human Development and Family Sciences from the UConn Honors College, and her M.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences from UConn with specializations in Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention; Child and Adolescent Development; and Diversity and Culture.
Sam’s research focuses on identity-based stigma and discrimination among adolescents and young adults. In particular, she is interested in the nature and psychosocial consequences of identity-based stigma and discrimination, individual and contextual factors that are protective against such experiences, and development of culturally sensitive prevention efforts. Her most recent work examines the nature and consequences of family weight stigma across cultures, using mixed methodologies and multinational data.