Mariangely Meléndez-Torres, TIER Research Assistant, was born in the island of Puerto Rico. Inspired by a family of teachers and social workers, Mariangely developed a concern for the education of children, which inspired her to pursue studies in the field of School Psychology. In 2009, she completed undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Later in 2012, Mariangely completed a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico. After finishing her studies, she got married and moved with her husband to Mississippi. In search of experiences within the field, she became a School Psychometrist and worked for two years in the Special Education Department at the Vicksburg Warren School District. In 2014, she started doctoral studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, School Psychology doctoral program. Her research interests include the areas of Autism and related disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, school and parent consultation, social justice and advocacy for underrepresented populations specially racial and ethnic minorities, English as Second Language, and Special Education. Her professional goals include providing consultation and services in school settings, as well as, advocacy and services to students with special needs.