Starting in high school and then in college, I taught workshops in public schools, provided peer counseling, and dove into curriculum and program development. in Child Study and Human Development from Tufts University.
After two years as a public school teacher providing health and sex education to middle school students, I decided to ground my sexuality work within a developmental perspective. I now have a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Youth-Nex at University of Virginia.
She earned her Ph D in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her predoctoral internship at Yale University in 2015.Riana investigates how protective familial mechanisms such as parenting and racial socialization operate in the face of risks linked to poverty, discrimination, and residential environment.