Sam Barkin, M.A., M.S., is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. After graduating from UCLA in 2006 with a B.A. in sociology, Sam began work as a teaching artist in Brooklyn, NY. Specializing in programming spanning the developmental spectrum, Sam developed and taught numerous courses in New York City public schools, as well as multiple youth and older adult education programs. Sam's scholarly interests include community participatory research, diversity, developmental psychopathology, and resilience within atypical contexts. His most recent published articles center on vulnerability and adjustment in upper SES populations. During the summer, Sam returns to Northern California, where he is the Head Supervisor at the circus and performing arts summer camp, Camp Winnarainbow.