My road in life took a while to figure out.
As a teen, I struggled with depression and anxiety revolving around my purpose in life—I saw my friends go through similar issues and was disappointed that our opportunities to get help were lacking.
I went to college thinking I’d major in psychology but was thrown off when I really did not enjoy my first psychology course.
I changed my major to urban studies and economics and got to focus more on the social determinants of health.
I worked for a while after graduating but still felt a strong passion and desire to work in psychology, so I went back to school for clinical psychology.
After graduate school, I did my postdoctoral training at UC San Francisco.
I stayed at UC San Francisco for 10 years—I became faculty, honed my expertise on behavior-change interventions, worked more deeply with technology, and conducted grant-funded research.
When I was recruited by Hopelab, I wasn’t sure what a social innovation lab was but I felt very passionate about the mission to use technology to improve the health and well-being of young people.
I joined Hopelab as the director of research—I get to help ensure that our technology will work to achieve our goals in improving adolescent health, mental health, and well-being.
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