Saira Malhotra is a Master of Social Work candidate in her final year of school at the University of Denver. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston University. Saira is presently working as a clinical social work intern at EMPOWER Centers, and is ultimately working towards a license in clinical social work. Saira has worked in youth mental health for 8 years, beginning her career as a physician’s assistant for a child psychiatrist. She has since worked in the child program at Boston University’s renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University’s Kilach and Honors College as a peer support counselor, and Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation’s clinical program with elementary-aged youth. In each of these roles, Saira provided outpatient mental health support and crisis management around trauma, anxiety, and mood issues. In addition to her work as a clinician, Saira has been heavily involved in researching evidence-based interventions in service of youth mental health. Through this work, she has learned an immense amount about marginalized identity and positive youth development. She has been published in several academic journals, and continues to work to bridge the gap between academia and clinical practice.