Maria obtained her B.A. in Psychology at UC Riverside in 2016. She is currently working with Dr. Deborah Wiebe as a first year graduate student in Health Psychology. Maria’s current research interests include investigating factors (e.g. the centrality of illness identity, parental influence, and individual characteristics) that may help promote the development of resilience among adolescents in the face of significantly stress inducing situations during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood.