Lea is a graduate student at CGU pursuing a dual degree in positive developmental psychology and public health. Lea’s specific academic concentration is health education, promotion, and evaluation. Prior to CGU, Lea graduated with honors from Occidental College where she studied cognitive science and received minors in neuroscience and public health. While at Occidental Lea researched developmental cognitive psychology in the Thinking Lab and served as a Senior Health Educator teaching a health curriculum to Title 1 high schools in Los Angeles.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree Lea completed a year of service with City Year Washington D.C., an AmeriCorps organization that works to close the achievement gap by empowering youth and providing academic, enrichment, and social emotional learning support to high-need schools. As an elementary school tutor, mentor, and afterschool instructor, Lea discovered a passion for implementing and evaluating positive developmental interventions and putting research to practice for the betterment of at-risk youth and communities.
Lea joined the YDEval team to integrate her passions for social justice and health equity with her background in developmental theory and research. Lea has worked alongside Brittany Hite since May 2018 to evaluate Montebello Unified School District’s Extended Learning Opportunities.
Lea hopes to use her professional and academic experience to create, implement, and evaluate developmental interventions related to health education, trauma informed care, and mental health. Outside of her studies and evaluation work Lea enjoys going to concerts, hiking, cooking, visiting her nephews, and curling up with a good book and peppermint tea.