I am a graduate student in the Clinical Science area of the Psychology department at Virginia Tech, working under the mentorship of Lee Cooper. My research focuses on understanding critical mechanisms in effective, evidence-based prevention and treatment programs for adolescent mental and behavioral health problems, as well as adapting evidence-based programs designed for use with adults to be more developmentally appropriate for adolescents. Essentially, I want to understand what therapies work for pre-teens and teens, why they work, and how to make them even better. In addition, I am a passionate advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in all aspects of clinical psychology, and in recent years I have focused on bringing Appalachian voices to the table at Virginia Tech. Ultimately, I hope to have a career that combines my commitment to evidence-based clinical work with my passion for teaching. I am proud to be a native Virginian, having grown up in Yorktown and earned my B.S. in psychology from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. I earned my M.S. in 2013 and will earn my Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 2018.