“The BRITE Center funded a summer research program at UCLA when I was a third year undergraduate at Loyola Marymount University. After receiving mentorship from Dr. Anna Lau and one of her graduate students, and attending the workshops organized by the center, I knew I wanted to go to graduate school to study the development of ethnic minority children.”

Virginia earned a PhD from UCLA’s Developmental Psychology Program, where her research focused on ethnic/racial discrimination among youth, particularly those from immigrant backgrounds. She is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Northridge, in the Child and Adolescent Development Department. Her research continues to focus on understanding social and cultural factors that influence the academic, psychological and physical well-being of ethnic minority and immigrant children and adolescents.