Miglena Ivanova is a third-year doctoral student in developmental psychology and a Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) pre-doctoral fellow, working alongside her primary mentors Dr. Rina Elden and Dr. Ashley Linden Carmichael, and with her secondary advisors Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser and Dr. Qiushi Chen. Her research interests center on understanding of differential pathways via which early and protective factors predict childhood codeveloping internalizing and externalizing behavior problem trajectories and subsequent unique patterns of adolescent substance use and psychological disorders. Miglena is interested in integrating advanced quantitative methodologies, namely latent class growth modeling and machine learning, to explore her research interests. Her long-term goal is to translate her research into developing individualized evidence-based prevention techniques and early interventions.
Originally from Bulgaria, she received her B.S. degrees in Psychology and in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Montana State University Billings in 2019, graduating as an Honors Scholar and the 2019 University Golden Merit Award Recipient.