Dr. Mayra Cazares-Minero (Ph.D. Social Welfare, MSW, UC Berkeley) is a Research Analyst at the Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) at UCLA. Her dissertation focused on resilience among former foster youth participating in higher education, specifically those attending a University of California or California State University campus. Mayra fostered an interest in the resilience of foster youth and other at-risk youth during her undergraduate education in psychology at UC Riverside where she was actively involved in research and directly served vulnerable youth in Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. Mayra’s current research focuses on elucidating individual-level and family-level promotive and protective factors among Latinx children and youth to strengthen the high school-to-college pipeline in the Latinx population. Mayra is excited to continue developing and strengthening her research skills at UCLA with the goal to advance social and economic success of children and families who experience cumulative and convergent risks to healthy outcomes, particularly in the Latinx population.