Sophia Zaugg is a Professional Research Assistant in the Prevention Science Program. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2022 with degrees in Psychology and Communication, a minor in Business, and a Certificate in Public Health. Sophia aims to work at the intersection of child development and prevention research to understand how to best support future generations of children.

Sophia’s roles are with the High School LifeSkills Training (HS-LST) Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) and Middle School LifeSkills Training Dissemination team (MS-LST). She is the Evaluation Coordinator on the RCT project and is the point of contact for the 50 schools in the study. The project surveys high school students to see how effective the HS-LST curriculum is in preventing youth substance use and other problem behaviors. On the MS-LST project, Sophia’s role is a Project Assistant. This team administers LifeSkills Training to teachers of middle school students, and Sophia supports the implementation coordinators as needed.

Sophia has been a part of the Prevention Science Program since 2021, beginning as a Student Assistant and working her way up to Project Assistant and Evaluation Coordinator.

Research Interests: Positive Youth Development, Prevention Science, Child Advocacy, Risk and Protective Factors, Parenting and Family Processes, Public Health