Tenie Khachikian received her PhD in Psychology at the University of California, Merced, in 2018. She has an M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of Southern California and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a background and experience in examining sociocultural factors particularly focused on health disparities and culturally responsive interventions. She has worked on several federally funded research studies that focus on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations. During her doctoral program, she focused on exploring parent motivations to discuss unhealthy eating and marijuana use with their children, by developing and implementing health communications to motivate parent and child discussions on health-risk behaviors, in an effort to lessen these behaviors.