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.
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).