Wynta Alexander is a first – year Clinical Psychology PhD student at the City College of New York. Her research interests consist of investigating the lasting impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on adult well – being with a focus on multiple social determinants of health and lifetime risk for minoritized populations. Presently as a TRACC scholar, she is examining the intersectionality model to implement in research related to racial/ethnic disparities in tobacco use under the mentorship of Dr. Adriana Espinosa. Prior to joining TRACC, she obtained her MA in General Psychology from the City College of New York where she studied sex as a moderating variable between adverse childhood experiences and depressive symptoms among Black emerging adults using a life course of health theoretical framework. As a future clinical psychologist, Wynta is dedicated to advancing her understanding in addition research, the utilization of therapeutic tools required to serve minoritized populations, and further, to advocate for the mental health of BIPOC individuals. All in all, she strives to aid those that suffer in silence due to shame and stigma, and instead, empower communities of color by promoting mental health wellbeing through her clinical and research work.