Saron Goitom is a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. Her current research interests include contextualizing the way in which stressful life events during pregnancy influence their children's internalizing behaviors in early childhood, by examining the influence of larger structural factors like poverty, trauma, racism and discrimination. In her previous work as a programmer analyst, she was involved in evaluating the effectiveness of safety-net programs in reducing acute care utilization and increasing long-term linkage to primary care, housing, transportation and treatment services. Saron holds an MPH in Biostatistics from UCLA and a BS in Public Health from Santa Clara University. Through CSSTP, Saron hopes to advance her training in methods for analyzing observational data, with the goal of isolating causal pathways from harmful structural factors to child mental health outcomes.