Taina Quiles

Taina Quiles

  • Ph.D. Student


During her undergraduate studies, Taina B. Quiles focused on developmental research with a focus on youth participatory action research. Later, she participated in the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh to learn more about community-initiated social change. Now, Quiles is a community psychology student in the Department of Psychology. She is also associated with Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth Development within the School of Education and Human Development.

Her research prioritizes racial healing work by illuminating the resistance that Black and Latinx adolescents demonstrate in the face of oppression. She is specifically interested in how these youth’s ethnic-racial identity, critical consciousness, and sociopolitical development help them navigate the inequities they face in the school system.


M.A., University of Virginia
B.S., Fordham University