Dina is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at Loma Linda University’s School of Behavioral Health. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Loyola Marymount University. Dina worked as a high school counselor providing emotional support at St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood to help eliminate barriers to learning. She also was a volunteer research assistant where she accompanied a research team conducting qualitative research on Syrian refugees and community health workers (CHW) in Lebanon. She is focused on serving the public to foster support and care for underserved communities.
Dina’s doctoral project consists of ways to support CHWs in their work to reduce truancy of under-served youth in the San Bernardino City Unified School District. Her aim is to create an effective training model that incorporates interventions, a practical referral system, and mental health support for CHWs. Her goal is to assess feasibility, acceptability, and utility of the model with the hope of reducing burnout, increasing confidence, and improving the well-being of CHWs.