Ashley Baker, Assistant Research Coordinator
Ashley is an Assistant Research Coordinator at the Youth and Family Training Institute (YFTI) which is a part of the University of Pittsburgh. She is responsible for conducting interviews for Allegheny County and verifying and entering data for various other grants, including Erie-Luzerne and Pennsylvania System of Care.
Ashley graduated from the Mercyhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Anthropology and Minor in Biology. She obtained a Master of Science in Biomedical Anthropology from Binghamton University (SUNY).
While working towards her Master’s, Ashley studied health and disease in human populations, which included mental health. In addition, she performed research at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center/University of Pittsburgh studying job stress and cortisol responses in women with and without a familial risk of breast cancer. A paper is currently being edited for publishing. She was also a Graduate Student Research Associate on the Lyme and Other Tick-borne Disease research project at Binghamton. These experiences have allowed her to refine her skills in verifying and entering data, interpreting results, and presenting in a public forum.
Outside of the office, she enjoys playing hockey and spending time with her family, fiancé (Mike), and dog (Stella).