Meet Essence! She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Honors with Summa Cume Laude distinction, and a Master of Art in General Experimental Psychology with Distinction from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Her research interests include multimedia and education. During her research endeavors, she has implemented the first Lightboard Studio for her campus to encourage higher retention on difficult subject matters.  She has also utilized the Critical Race Theory in understanding educational gaps of those from marginalized backgrounds resulting in the monograph "Beating the Odds: Graduating in 4 Years at CSUN". She was an instructor for Introductory Psychology at CSUN and due to her teaching accomplishments has received the Roger Moss Teaching Award for demonstrating outstanding teaching skills. She was also a teaching assistant for Quantitative Statistics more specifically in the realm of Structural Equation Modeling and was also peer educator for "The Blues Project"  in raising awareness for mental health throughout her campus. She is an Ambassador for the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and a member of the National Congress of Black Women, Los Angeles Chapter.