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Christina L. Scanlon

Graduate Researcher
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CHRISTINA L. SCANLON is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies applied developmental psychology and research methods in the School of Education. Her research focuses on the role of emotion regulation practices in the professional quality of life for those working with children and youth, especially in mental health settings. Recognizing the critical role of organizational culture, she uses both traditional quantitative research methods and participatory action research designs to determine emotional acting strategies and organizational expectations for emotional practice that mitigate compassion fatigue and burnout while simultaneously bolstering compassion satisfaction. Her aim is to gain a better understanding of the emotional practices that contribute to a positive professional quality of life, thereby contributing to the efficacy, strength, and valence of therapeutic alliances between direct care workers and youth in a wide variety of mental health settings.