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Megan Golonka

Research Scientist
Center for Child and Family Policy
Box 90025, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box 90420, Erwin Mill Building B126, Durham, NC 27708


Megan Golonka is a research scientist with the Center for the Study of Adolescent Risk and Resiliency (C-StARR) in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is also affiliated with the Center for Child and Family Policy, where she teaches the cornerstone course for the Child Policy Research Certificate Program. She is also a member of the Child Maltreatment Prevention research team in the Center for Child and Family Policy.  Her areas of interest include adolescent risk behavior and social development, parental incarceration, and child abuse prevention.

Golonka originally joined the Center for Child and Family Policy 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.


  • Ph.D. Developmental Psychology, Duke University - 2013
  • M.A. Developmental Psychology, Duke University - 2011
  • B.A. University of Notre Dame - 2000

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 2013 Ph.D.
Duke University · 2011 M.A.