Kirsten is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at UMass Boston. She is originally from East Brunswick, NJ and she received her B.A. in psychology from The College of New Jersey. Kirsten is a recent recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and her research interests involve positive youth development and youth-staff relationships in urban after-school programs. Kirsten’s clinical interests include working with adolescents and young adults to manage adjustment and transitions, identity development, interpersonal/family relationships, and academic-related concerns.