Tenie is a doctoral candidate in Health Psychology at the University of California, Merced where she works with Dr. Linda Cameron in the Health Communications and Interventions Research Group. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Her research interests focus on exploring parental influence on alleviating health risk behaviors in their children, such as substance use and unhealthy eating. This research takes into account both parent and child psychological factors. In her dissertation research, she plans to develop and implement health communications to motivate parent and child discussions on health-risk behaviors, in an effort to lessen these behaviors.