In addition to her role as Statistician and Researcher for Mediators without Borders, Shauna Rienks works as a Research Associate for the federally funded Fatherhood Relationship and Marriage Education (FRAME) project in the Psychology Department at the University of Denver. She is originally from Trinidad, CO and earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University.
After earning her secondary education teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey, she was selected to work for the Princeton-in-Asia program and taught English at a university in South Korea for 5 years before returning to Colorado to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Denver. Her research utilizes an ecological systems theory approach to examine how family processes, school contexts, and individuals’ characteristics (such as gender, ethnicity, and culture) interact to produce both positive and negative social, educational, and mental health outcomes. She joined Mediators without Borders in 2011 and is thrilled to have has earned her mediation certification. She looks forward to utilizing her training to help Mediators without Borders achieve the goal of Sustainable Peace. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two young daughters.