Dr. Zina Besirevic is a researcher, psychologist and an educator with a breadth of experience spanning many countries and high impact institutions. She earned her Ph.D. in Cognition and Development from UC Berkeley, specializing in the study of emotions, effect of trauma on development, and moral reasoning. Her work has been particularly focused on studying how young people think about justice and human rights. She holds also Masters degrees in Ed. Psychology, and in Moral Philosophy. Zina’s research has been widely recognized and awarded. She was a Fellow of the U.S. Congress Institute for Peace and a recipient of their prominent Peace Scholar Award, a recipient of Minerva Award from the U.S. Department of Defense, a recipient of Jean Piaget Society Prize for innovative psychology research and more. At UC Berkeley, Zina taught psychology and education courses and was elected Chancellor’s Public Scholar, in recognition of the impact of her community engaged scholarship. Her work spans many countries and has been multiply published. Currently, Zina leads youth-focused research programs for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and heads a consultancy for psychological research and practice. Her work is dedicated to uplifting human resilience and dignity – and to making her two little children proud.