Dr. Romero has a PhD in Applied Social Psychology. She is currently Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Arizona and Professor in Family Studies and Human Development. Her research examines the social and cultural factors associated with adolescent health, with a particular focus on health disparities of Latinx youth in areas of substance use and mental health. Her book on “Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas” describes a resilience approach to understanding and preventing mental health disparities among Latina adolescents that considers their gender, ethnicity, family and school contexts. A central element of Dr. Romero’s methodological approach is that of participatory action research, which is done in dialogue and collaboration with community members. She has written a book entitled “Youth-Community Partnerships for Substance Use Prevention” that describes a community-engaged approach with youth leaders to create transformative resilience for health promotion within low-income neighborhoods. She is currently President-Elect for the National Latinx Psychology Association.