I am a post-doctoral scholar on an NIMH T-32 training grant at the University of California Los Angeles I received my Ph.D. in developmental psychopathology and clinical science from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.

I study how protective systems across multiple levels (biological, behavioral, relational, and socioecological) promote early childhood mental health in the context of poverty. I aim to combine clinically meaningful research with active teaching, mentoring, and policy work to help families experiencing poverty improve multigenerational mental health.

As a first-generation college graduate and a student from a low-income background, I am committed to engaging in translatable, relevant, and community-engaged research. I am also dedicated to providing mentorship and resources to assist students who have been historically excluded from institutions of higher education to reach their goals.