Ali is a research assistant in the early childhood research area at Child Trends. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she earned a BA degree in psychology and minored in women’s gender studies. Her experience includes working as a research assistant in two of North Carolina State’s psychology labs, one which focused on senior adult’s motivations for engaging in cognitively demanding activities, and the other focused on investigating Black student’s experiences with racism on campus. She also has experience with mental health outreach through the North Carolina State Mental Health Ambassador program, where she organized and conducted events centered around mental health on campus. Her research interests include socialization around gender and race, romantic relationships, parenting styles, and family dynamics; equitable program implementation; and community based participatory research. Ali is also passionate about mental health, sexual health education, social psychology, inclusive and accurate historical narratives, feminism, and addressing inequalities and advocating for equity in these areas.