Mao Hoetzlein is a student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at the Los Angeles campus and the 2011-2012 faculty-nominated recipient of the CSPP Janice Cone Scholarship. Mao is a trainee at Partnerships to Uplift Communities, where she works as a middle school counselor providing individual, family and group therapy to 6th through 8th graders. She enjoys working with adolescents and looks forward to future opportunities to serve this population.

Mao presenter her research project, Family Cohesion and Academic Success in Graduate Students, at the AAMFT-CA Student Conference 2012 with fellow students C. Cebell and G. Santos. The project looked at the positive relationship between family cohesion and academic success for her class cohort. She is looking forward to finding future research on other salient variables that may have an effect on graduate students.

Mao received her BA in Sociology from UC Davis in 2007, as well as a second BA in Psychology from CSULA in 2010. She worked as a State-Certified Domestic Violence Counselor from 2006-2010. At CSULA, she also served as a research assistant in the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. She presented “Measuring Acculturation in a Diverse College Population” with Melisa Ramos and Dr. Gaithri Fernando at the WPA Conference in 2010.