Visiting Assistant Professor
Developmental Psychology and Family Studies

Olin/Rice Halls of Science Room 331



Adolescent Risk and Resilience; Social Identities; Family Relationships; Narratives in Health


  • BA: St. Olaf College
  • PhD: Pennsylvania State University

Selected Publications:

  • Pezalla, A. E. (2023, November 29). Gentle parenting can be really hard on parents, new research suggests. The Conversation.
  • Rey, R.T., & Pezalla, A. E. (2023). Parents, Pain, and Over-the-Counter Medicine: Athletes’ Perceived Alternatives to Prescription Opioid Misuse. Healthcare, 11(19), 2671,
  • Pezalla, A. E., Choi, H.J., Miller-Day, M., McKee, F., & Hecht, M.L. (2022). Translating Student-Athletes’ Prescription Opioid Use and Misuse Narratives into a Targeted Public Health Intervention. Medicina, 58(11), 1642.
  • Leader, A., Miller-Day, M., Rey, R., Pezalla, A.E., Selvan, P., & Hecht, M. (2022). The impact of HPV vaccine narratives on social media: Testing narrative engagement theory with a diverse sample of young adults. Preventive Medicine Reports, 29, 101920.
  • Jayawardene, W., Pezalla, A.E., Henderson, C., & Hecht, M. (2022). Development of opioid rapid response system: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 115, 106727. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106727
  • Pezalla, A.E., Henderson, C., Jayawardene, W., & Hecht, M.L. (2021). Recruitment approaches in an opioid intervention: A case study in rural America. Academia Letters. doi: 10.20935/AL3003
  • Pezalla, A. E., Pettigrew, J., & Miller-Day, M. A. (2012). Methodological considerations of the ‘researcher as instrument’ metaphor: An exercise in interviewer self-reflexivity. Qualitative Research, 12, 165-185. doi: 10.1177/1468794111422107