“Drs. Cochran and Mays provided me with invaluable mentoring and guidance during and after my volunteer work at the UCLA BRITE Center…’Thank you’ is hardly substantial enough to express my gratitude.”

Cynthia has an interdisciplinary background in women and children’s health, education, advocacy and child development.  Since 2003, she has worked as a bilingual educational therapist and special education advocate at the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center and in private practice.  She also trains early childhood professionals to utilize high-quality, evidence-based developmental screening tools.  She co-authored an October 2005 article in the American Journal of Public Health titled “The Developmental Stages of a Developmental Screening:  Steps to Implementation of a Successful Program,” which describes  various models for providing developmental screening. Cynthia holds an MPH in epidemiology and a BA in Latin American studies from UCLA, and certificates in infant mental health (Early Childhood Foundation, 2002), educational therapy (California State University, Northridge, 2005) and special education advocacy (University of Southern California/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/Learning Rights Law Center, 2008).