School Psychology Program
Berkeley School of Education
University of California, Berkeley
Makeda Mayes is a first-year doctoral student of School Psychology program at UC Berkeley. Makeda received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of San Francisco, and there she completed her Honors thesis focused on interfamily support systems. After graduating, she went on to work as a postgraduate Research Assistant at the University of Washington where she studied implicit academic and racial biases in teachers, parents, and children. She also worked as Research Coordinator with Harvard University studying the mental health of youth during the pandemic. Outside of research she has volunteered as a mentor for middle school girls of color interested in STEM, and worked as a Relief Counselor for houseless individuals with mental health concerns in San Francisco. Her research interests include culturally nuanced interventions to improve mental health in youth, teacher belonging and well-being, and the impact of childhood adversity on academic achievement.