Natalia Orendain, MPH
Graduate Student Researcher
Ms. Orendain is a neuroscience doctoral student at UCLA studying the impact of early life adversity on pubertal maturation and structural neurodevelopment in youth. She is also a science policy fellow with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a creative writing teacher to detained youth in LA County, and an active mentor particularly with females and other marginalized groups. Ms. Orendain contributes to the scientific understanding of youth neurodevelopment and pubertal maturation within the context of adversity exposure to inform legislation and policy as it pertains to child welfare and Juvenile Justice System reform. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida and holds a Masters of Public Health with High Distinction from the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research experience includes work on large randomized controlled trials, including phase III and IV clinical drug trials, as well as longitudinal neuroimaging studies, particularly of developing youth.