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Dalal Katsiaficas, PhD Candidate

Dalal Katsiaficas is a doctoral candidate in the Human Development and Psychology program in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Prior to coming to UCLA in 2012, Dalal completed her B.S. and began her doctoral studies in the department of Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. While there, she worked closely with Drs. Carola and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Robert Teranishi on their project, Research on Immigrants in Community Colleges. Her research interests broadly include the identity development of immigrant-origin adolescents and emerging adults. Dalal has worked with diverse immigrant-origin populations in a variety of settings including recently arrived immigrant high school students, young adults in community college and college settings. As both a researcher and an adjunct professor, she began to see the struggles that many of her students faced in balancing the competing responsibilities of work, school, family and community. She worked locally within her institutions to help her students navigate the educational system, but wanted to do more. Her dissertation focuses on understanding the types of competing responsibilities that immigrant-origin students face in community college settings with the hopes of informing change in institutions to better meet the needs of their students.

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