Brianna is a PhD student at UCLA in the School of Education, Urban Schooling Division. Her research focuses on the educational experiences of foster youth, specifically exploring the role that race and interactions with the child welfare system have on the academic success of Black youth.
Brianna’s research is directly informed and influenced by her practitioner experience. She has worked in the field of social work for over 10 years, providing support and advocacy for communities experiencing homelessness, mental health challenges, substance use issues, and interactions with the child welfare and justice system. Brianna was recently awarded the Ford Foundation Predoctoral fellowship. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and her Bachelors in Sociology from the University of La Verne.