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Monica is currently a third year doctoral student studying child psychology and prevention science at the Institute of Child Development at the U of M. Before coming to Minnesota, Monica earned her bachelor’s and master's in psychology at Humboldt State University in California. She is a first-generation college graduate from a low-income family.
She teaches EDHD 1620, Integrated Learning in the Social Sciences, which is supplemental instruction for TRIO and PES students that is paired with PSY 1001. She aims to teach psychology in a way that is both engaging and integrative; she encourages every student to make connections between the course material and his or her own personal history, career goals, and previous coursework, with the overall goal of teaching students to think critically about compelling social problems in the real world.
On a more personal note, in her free time she enjoys outdoor adventure, music, figure skating, and current events. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and spent several of the past years being a foster parent to her teenage brother.