Larissa Ferretti is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Auburn University.
Larissa is a native of Vero Beach, Florida. While completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at Elon University in North Carolina, Larissa traveled to Guatemala where she assisted in a first grade classroom of a native village and taught children basic Spanish skills. She also worked on a project titled Many Voices: One Story, a film which captured the experiences of the working poor and their families. These types of opportunities to observe, interact, and give back to diverse populations led to a desire to learn more about how to empower children and families.
In her graduate program at Auburn, Larissa explores the benefits of family routines for children and families. She has worked with teachers and children in rural communities to develop positive teacher-child relationships, and has completed the Incredible Years training--a program designed to increase children’s social and self-control skills. In her free time, Larissa enjoys running, cycling, the beach, and time with family and friends.