Kayla Hamel is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Her experiences working in Latin American in high-risk environments affected by conflict, and in particular, working with children and youth living in difficult circumstances, motivated her to return to graduate school to pursue a career dedicated to promoting resilience in these populations. Her current research interests lie in the area of culture, resilience and social justice. Kayla’s work is funded through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and the Meighan Wright Foundation.