Kristen Fong earned her B.A. in Economics and Psychology from Claremont McKenna College and her M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. While obtaining her Master’s degree she worked in the Educational Psychology lab researching stress and parental support for first generation college students as they transition into college. During that time, she also worked as a research assistant at Fullerton Community College evaluating the EOPS department. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program at the Rossier School of Education, Kristen was a project specialist at USC in the Psychology department and worked on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant researching how genetics influence normal cognitive aging. Kristen is a research assistant working with Dr. Tatiana Melguizo. Her interests include community college effectiveness, transfer and success rates, and college adjustment with a particular focus on underrepresented and first-generation students.