KYNDRA CLEVELAND
PhD, Developmental Psychology - University of California-Irvine
Cohort 5 Fellow
kyndra.cleveland@vanderbilt.edu

Academic Mentor
Jodi Quas
Department of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Policy Mentors
Maria Hernandez
Presiding Judge, Orange County Superior Court

Nancy Wilkov
General Magistrate, The Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida
 

Current Institutional Affiliation
Vanderbilt University

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, Parents in Child Welfare System


Kyndra Cleveland is a postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University. Kyndra was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of California, Irvine where she received a Ph.D. in developmental psychology specializing in Psychology & Law and Quantitative Methods. Her work focuses on children and families’ experiences with the juvenile justice system. Dr. Cleveland has received fellowships and grants supporting her work from the American Psychology-Law Society, The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Cleveland was also awarded the UCI Social Ecology Dean’s Award for Community Engagement, which recognized the public impact of her research with children. She has presented her research at national conferences including those held by the American Psychology-Law Society and the Society for Research in Child Development. Dr. Cleveland graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a B.S. in psychology. She has a M.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.