The Research Team

Current Students

Maricella Garcia. I am currently a senior working on my BA in Child Development with a minor in Psychology. I am also a first-generation college student. I am interested in working with families and children providing counseling and family services. I hope to pursue a masters in a related field. I currently work as a preschool teacher which is such an amazing privilege getting to play a role in the lives of children and families every day. I enjoy spending time with loved ones, sewing, and cooking. 

Madeline Mauldwin. I am a current student at Chico State. I am in my senior year, working towards a BA in Child Development. In the future, I am hoping to work as a child therapist, as I know there is a great need for more professionals in this area. Outside of school and work, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

Lizbeth Navarro. I am currently a fourth-year student at Chico State, studying Child Development. I will obtain my BA in Child Development in May 2024. I come from a migrant/low-income family. Being a first-generation student has allowed me to explore the unexpected and discover my true passion with children. I am currently a preschool teacher, with a life goal of eventually becoming a PA with children or child life specialist. Outside of school I learn how to play the guitar, maintain my selfcare, and watch sunsets.

Guadalupe Carolina Vazquez. I am currently a senior at Chico State working on my BA in Child Development. I am a first generation college student. I am interested in becoming a child life specialist. I want to help advocate for families and children in the hospital setting. Outside of school, I like to spend time with my son whether it be playing at the park or visiting children’s museums. 

Our Graduates

Courtney Peria graduated with her bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Child Development in December 2022. Courtney was involved in the Child Development Student Association for three semesters, serving as secretary the last semester. She has experience working with preschool-aged children focusing on sociology-emotional development and now works full-time for Victor Community Support Services and a Family Support Counselor. Here she strives to provide tools to children, adolescents, and families to support their mental and behavioral health needs. Courtney is currently applying to graduate programs with hopes to pursue a Masters in Social Work. 

Sierra Zaragoza graduated with a BA in Child Development and a minor in Special Education in Spring 2022. She graduated with Honors in the major where she participated and collaborated with Dr. Nenadal for 3 semesters. She is worked at the Boys and Girls Club at Paradise Junior High where she mentored, inspired, taught, played, and worked hard to positively change and impact the youth of our community.

Tori Thayer (coming soon)

Our 2022 – 2023 Research Team (from left to right): Lindsey Nenadal, Sierra Zaragoza, Courtney Peria, and Tori Thayer