Consultants


  • Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. with Teaching Credential University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A. University of California, Davis

Dr. Rebeca Mireles-Rios is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gevirtz School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr Mireles-Rios conducts research on Latina Mother-Daughter Communication around Sexuality and Education. Rebeca is a credentialed teacher with ten years experience teaching 6th grade students and their parents in adult literacy programs.

She recently co-authored “El sexo no es malo:” Maternal values accompanying contraceptive use advice to young adolescent daughters (with Romo, L. F., Bravo, M., Cruz, M. E., & Kouyoumdjian, C. (2010) in Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 7, 118-127 and Maternal and teacher interaction and student engagement in math and reading among Mexican-American girls from a rural community (with Laura Romo) in Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, (2010), 1-14.

Rebeca is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. She studies mother-daughter communication around higher education and sex. She holds a teaching credential and taught 6th grade for eight years. Se trains teachers on improving communication between parents, students, and schools.







  • Ph.D. Candidate University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles

Cynthia L. Alvarez, Ph.C. was born and raised in Indio, CA. A daughter of immigrant parents who came to the U.S. as day laborers and field workers, Cynthia grew up with an idea that her parents planted in her head: receiving a college education was the ticket to a better life. Having graduated from her high school class as Valedictorian in 2003, Cynthia moved on to the University of California, Los Angeles and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chicana/o Studies and Women’s Studies in 2007, a Master’s Degree in Higher Education in 2008, and is now a Doctoral Candidate in the Higher Education and Organizational Change division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies.

Cynthia also holds a position as a Research Analyst for the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). Throughout the years she has kept involved in outreaching and mentorship efforts in Los Angeles and the greater Los Angeles area. As a researcher, Cynthia’s expertise lie in issues of college access, particularly for Latina/o students, the issues families face when thinking and deciding about college, and the influence of family dynamics in the development of college-going perceptions and aspirations.

Cynthia is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Higher Education and Organizational Change division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She is currently a Research Analyst for the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).