Tayla Ash is a first year doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, pursuing a dual degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she moved to the west coast for undergrad where she earned a BA in Psychology from the UCLA, minoring in Applied Developmental Psychology. She spent a year working in palliative care as a program support analyst and project coordinator at the Department of Veteran Affairs Quality Improvement Resource Center before moving back east to attain a master’s degree from the Yale School of Public Health in 2014.
Her current research interests lie in child development and nutrition, particularly the nonphysical (e.g. social, emotional, cognitive) consequences of inadequate diets. She is interested in child nutrition not only in the US, but abroad, having done some work in Ghana, Uganda, Haiti, and India. Upon graduation, Tayla hopes to stay in academia but also work with non-profit organizations in some capacity. Outside of academics, she enjoys spending time with her family, football, traveling, and art.