Emma Smith, BA, AA


Emma graduated with Honors from UCLA in 2020 with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Biomedical Research. As an undergraduate, Emma was the Lead Research Assistant in Dr. Alissa Ellis’s thinkSMART Lab. While working with Dr. Ellis, Emma presented research multiple at local and national conferences. At UCLA, Emma also completed a senior thesis under Dr. Adriana Galván while working on the Development of Anxiety in Youth Study (DAYS). Specifically, she co-led MRIs and investigated the link between rumination and sleep quality in adolescents. Prior to transferring to UCLA, Emma was honored as the Valedictorian of Los Angeles City College in 2018, where she earned an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Currently completing a post baccalaureate, Emma plans to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology and use her findings to aid in the formation of equitable policies related to juvenile justice and adolescent development.

In her free time, she jogs with her Siberian Husky, paints, and figure skates.

Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.

Eleanor Roosevelt