Ally King

ABCD Study Team

What is your name? Where were you born? Where did you go to college?

Ally King, from West Virginia, went to UofM and majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minored in Crime and Justice.

What interests you about the ABCD Study/research?

I am interested in seeing the long-term results found from the study of the risk and protective factors associated with adolescents making the choice to use or not use substances in their youth. Coming from West Virginia and experiencing my peers using substances as young as middle school, I’m interested to see why that occurs in some individuals and not in others.

How long have you worked in the department and what does your work focus on / what area do you work in?

I was a volunteer from 2019-2021 and was hired on as staff in 2021! I work with both parents and youth administering surveys, clinical interviews, and neurocognitive assessments.

What are your plans after ABCD (grad school, etc.)

Not sure yet - still figuring that out.

Fun fact about yourself! What are your hobbies?

I love reading, going for walks, and weight lifting.

Do you have any pets?

I have a black lab named Jax who is the light of my life

What’s your favorite food or restaurant?

I love to cook Italian food and eat out at Mexican restaurants - my go-to restaurants are probably Chapala or Jolly Pumpkin.