Valerie Burgess is a Behavioral Coach for the UCLA PEERS Clinic. She volunteers with PEERS for Young Adults and PEERS for Teens. Outside of volunteering with the PEERS groups, she is a Staff Research Associate at the UCLA Brain Mapping Center conducting research using MRI imaging with autistic youth and young adults. Valerie graduated from the University of Southern California with a dual Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science and English. Her research and clinical interests include developing interventions to support healthy identity formation in underserved adolescents and resilience against early life stressors throughout the lifespan.