Anastasiya is the AALEAD Program Manager who leads two major projects: Afterschool and Summer programs in the Maryland region. Anastasiya worked with youth on various projects in Uzbekistan; she provided training in the area of leadership, team-building, stress coping, and social projects strategies in rural schools and universities. Also, she mentored numerous youth leaders and activists and empowered them to further their education in Germany, Korea, China, the United States, and the U.K. She is so excited to join the AALEAD MD team and pass her knowledge to the AAPI community in Maryland.
As a former Program Assistant at the American Psychological Association, she oversaw the day-to-day execution of I am Psyched! Exhibit across 20+ campuses across the U.S.; contributed to program implementation of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Prior to APA, she served as a Co-Director at the Sexuality, Women and Gender Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she provided administrative and logistical support of the center-run projects to raise awareness on marginalized subjects of sexuality, women, and gender among college students in New York City area.
Anastasiya is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Psychology and Prevention Science program at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Her primary research interests center on community and immigrant psychology, particularly on migration and adaptation of Uzbeks (Central Asia) in the U.S. Her ultimate goal is to contribute to the field of immigrant psychology, develop intervention programs that will help immigrants from Central Asia to successfully adapt to the U.S. society, and spark interest in psychology among Asian immigrants. Anastasiya holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and a certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an active member of the Society for the Psychology of Women, particularly the Section V: Psychology of Asian Pacific American Women group; fellow of Bella Abzug Leadership Institute; and scholar of Women International Leadership Program.