Allie Barringer

Allie Barringer

Title/Department: Graduate Student, Human Development and Family Studies

Office Address: 4114 Nancy Nicholas Hall




Allie’s research interests center around factors that influence undergraduate student health and well-being on college campuses. She is interested in students’ daily experiences navigating higher education, college student identity development, academic engagement, student-faculty relationships, and student belonging on campus. Allie is particularly interested in understanding how students experience college over time, with an emphasis on developmental transitions.

Education and Relevant Experience

Allie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Augustana College – Rock Island, IL. After earning her undergraduate degree, Allie worked as a research assistant for DePaul University’s Center for Community Research in Chicago, and The University of Illinois– Chicago’s Community Outreach Intervention Projects. Before coming to UW-Madison, she worked as a Prevention Programs Specialist, implementing and evaluating dating violence curricula to teens in classrooms across Chicago.

Allie received her M.S. in 2017 from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Madison. She is now working towards her Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Lauren Papp. Over the past few years, Allie has taught undergraduate courses as the lecturer for HDFS 425: Research Methods and HDFS 474: Racial and Ethnic Families in the U.S. Additionally, she has been active in community-based research, collaborating with local schools and non-profit organizations to produce research on youth development. Currently, Allie is a project assistant in Dr. Papp’s research lab, studying health and wellness among undergraduate students.

Awards and Recognition

2019 – Graduate Student Research Excellence Award; School of Human Ecology; UW-Madison
2018 – Top Student Conference Paper Award; International Communication Association
2018 – International SoHE Travel Scholarship Award; Funded by the Jean Alford Myers Award
2017 – Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Teaching; School of Human Ecology; UW-Madison

Selected Publications

Zeldin, S., Gauley, J. S., Barringer, A., & Chapa, B. (2018). How high schools become empowering communities: A mixed‐method explanatory inquiry into youth‐adult partnership and school engagement. American journal of community psychology.

Barringer, A., Hunter, B. A., Salina, D. & Jason, L. A. (2017). Empowerment and social support: Implications for practice and programming among minority women with substance abuse and criminal justice histories. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. 44(1), 75-88

Selected Presentations

Barringer, A., Papp, L.M., & Frometa, A. (2019, May). Assessing college students’ prescription drug misuse across multiple approaches. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American College Health Association, Denver, Colorado.

Papp, L.M., & Barringer, A. (2018, September). A day in the life of today’s college students. Presentation given at the School of Human Ecology Back to School Alumni Event, Madison, Wisconsin.

Barringer, A. (2018, May). Learning through youth-adult partnership: A case study exploring youth voice in education. Paper presented at the 68th annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Prague, Czech Republic.

Barringer, A., & Papp, L, M., (2018, March). Understanding the relationship between early childhood experiences and risk for alcohol related problems among men in romantic relationships. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development, Plano, TX.

Barringer, A., Hunter, B.A., Jason, L.A., & Salina, D.D. (2013, May). Perceived empowerment among urban women in recovery. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association Society for Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL.