Alison Cerezo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling where she also coordinates the College Student Personnel Counseling Specialization. She is originally from Pico Rivera, CA and earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies (double majors) from UCLA, her Masters degree in Psychology, Research Emphasis from CSULA, and her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Alison is passionate about teaching and training mental health researchers and practitioners that are committed to eliminating social and health disparities among underserved communities. Her research focuses on two main areas: first, the relations between stress, trauma and health outcomes among sexual and gender minority women of color; second, improving educational outcomes among low income and students of color. With both lines of research, Alison roots her methodological approaches in an intersectional and critical race theory perspective - always cognizant of the ways systems of power impact educational and health outcomes and can thus be changed to better serve underserved communities.