Valentina holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a MA degree in Psychology from University of Belgrano in Argentina. She is a private Educational Psychologist currently conducting program evaluations and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology at the University of Phoenix, where she also serves as a Dissertation Chair and Methodologist for doctoral students. Over the past twenty years, Valentina has been teaching and researching in education with a particular emphasis on issues of child development, intelligence, and cultural diversity. Valentina has expertise in qualitative research and program evaluation and for the past decade, she has co-directed the design and implementation of research-evaluation projects, as well as provided guidance and mentoring to undergraduate and graduate students both in the United States and Latin America. In addition, Valentina has served as editorial reviewer and managing editor, advisor, presenter, and committee leader for national and international associations, and has written extensively in English and Spanish in her areas of expertise. One of Valentina’s most gratifying professional experiences is working one-on-one with students in the process of research, including literature review, data collection and analysis, and guiding her clients through the process of writing up findings and implications. To assist in her students’ ongoing professional development, she also encourages and guides them in the submission of conference proposals, academic presentations, and writing of publications. She is the editor of the book Latino Students in American Schools: Historical and Contemporary Views; and her research has been recognized with the international Hollingworth Research Award.