PhD, Social Work, University of Southern California
Cohort Two Fellow

Academic Mentor
Lawrence Palinkas
Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California

Policy Mentor
Wendy Cervantes
Vice President of Child and Immigrant Policy, First Focus

Current Institutional Affiliation
New Mexico State University: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsEconomic Supports for FamiliesEvidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, Home Visiting and Maltreatment PreventionImplementation ScienceRegression ModelingGrounded TheoryMixed MethodsDual Language LearnersLow-Income Families and IndividualsRacial/Ethnic Minority Groups


Ph.D. in Social Work from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

M.S.W. from Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Spanish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research interests include children and families, child welfare and immigration policy, maltreatment prevention in Latino immigrant communities, cultural competence in child welfare services.