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Tina L

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Columbia University


Advocacy, psychology, social policy, leadership, social justice, Asian American identity, activism


I received my PhD in psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am also getting my license as a mental health practitioner, specializing in trauma-informed and mental health for young adults. I have engaged in advocacy work as a University Senator across all the colleges at Columbia University and as the Chair of the APA Division 9 Graduate Student Committee of SPSSI, which works on both policy and psychology issues. My experiences have given me a deep and macro-perspective on complex social issues and the skills necessary to navigate different institutional contexts. I am also a published author in textbook chapters and journals. In my free time, I enjoy trying out different cuisines, outdoor activities, traveling, trekking, and an engrossing novel!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Literature Review

Write a literature review on an important topic or issue. Learn how to synthesize current research papers and articulate your own thoughts and ideas on the topic.

Advocacy project

Implementing and executing an advocacy project as a student, from identifying critical stakeholders to organizing a collective body of fellow students.

Teaching experience

I have mentored multiple Polygence students and have extensive experience tutoring high school and college students for various projects and SAT/GRE prep.



New York University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2012)
Psychology and Philosophy
Columbia University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy

Completed Projects

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