Meet the Speakers
Dr. Lorena Aceves
Dr. Lorena Aceves is a research scientist II in the education research area at Child Trends. Being a first-generation Latina student herself, Dr. Aceves' mission with her career is to use developmental science to empower Latinx communities and transform educational systems to be more equitable at the intersection of research, policy, and practice. Her research has focused on examining the cultural, familial, and individual level factors that contribute to Latinx youth’s educational success.
Dr. Isha W. Metzger
Dr. Isha W. Metzger is an Assistant Professor of Clinical-Community Psychology at Georgia State University, Adjunct Clinical Psychology Faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Georgia and Visiting Research Faculty at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS’ at Yale University. Dr. Metzger earned her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, she completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, and she received postdoctoral training both at the National Crime Victims Center and at Yale University.
Dr. Valerie N. Adams-Bass
Dr. Valerie N. Adams-Bass is an applied researcher seeking to advance scholarship that provides meaningful contributions to the lives of Black youth and their families. Her research integrates contextual factors with a focus on how Black children see themselves and related outcomes. She is most interested in examining how media exposure influences inter-personal interactions and self-concept. Her research also investigates how racial/ethnic socialization experiences and racial identity are related to the process of identity development, the social and the academic experiences of Black children and youth.