Uma Guarnaccia graduated from New York University (’18), with a degree in Applied Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Accra, Ghana, which fostered her interest in community psychology, global mental health, and social justice and activism. She has worked with children and youth in multiple capacities, from doing research at the Yale Child Study Center and working with children with anxiety disorders, to creating lesson plans and teaching children at The Quad Manhattan, an after-school program serving children with special needs, to planning and implementing lesson plans and teaching children rescued from child slavery at City of Refuge Outreach in Ghana. She has also interned at the Columbia University Global Mental Health Program, where she conducted a research intervention project addressing intimate partner violence and substance abuse in the Northeastern region of Uganda, as well as produced and wrote a script for a video series called The Mental Health Minute to raise awareness for refugee mental health. Additionally, at NYU she worked as a Social Justice Advocate on an intervention project called ROSES, serving girls involved in the juvenile justice system.
Uma is passionate about working with and advocating for marginalized youth, and is excited to continue this work at Kucetekela Foundation.