Yesi is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Broadly, her research explores how practices, programs, and policies impact the wellbeing of children and their families. Yesi has worked on projects that use MEG and fMRI to explore the brain and behavior changes associated with reading skills development in elementary school, as well as the associations between a child’s environmental experiences, including exposure to violence, socioeconomic status, and their cognitive and neural development. Yesi earned an M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology with a concentration in Child Advocacy from Harvard University, and a M.S.W. with a concentration in Child and Family Wellbeing from UCLA.