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Talya Gunasekara

Talya is a second year Master's student in Counseling Psychology.  She earned her BA from the University of Connecticut in both Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies.  Talya joined the ISPRC team in the spring of 2013 as a graduate research assistant.  She is also assisting in the development of a curriculum for an institute on racial identity for undergraduate students in collaboration with the Office of AHANA and the Office of Student Formation at Boston College.  Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity development, with a focus on South-Asian identity development amongst children and adolescents of immigrant parents.

In addition to research, Talya is very passionate about advocacy work and creating mentoring relationships with children and adolescents.  Her previous experiences include serving as a therapeutic mentor for newly immigrated high school students, volunteering as an advocate for famlies who are escaping domestic violence situations, and teaching children from preschool-kindergarten in a Montessori setting.

In her spare time, Talya enjoys working with children in both academic and athletic settings.  She is an avid swimmer who loves working out and enjoying all of the delicious food that Boston has to offer.  She also values spending time with her loved ones and traveling whenever she gets the chance.

Talya Gunasekara