Joey Nuñez Estrada, Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Estrada received his
Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He received his M.S.W. from
UC Los Angeles and his Bachelor's from UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Estrada's research
interests include street gang culture, school violence, school-based
intervention, resiliency, and youth empowerment. He specializes in data driven
school-based models to reduce gang activity and school violence. His work has been published in major academic journals, and he has presented his research at various national and
international research conferences. He is currently conducting research that examines socio-ecological risk and protective factors of vulnerable youth susceptible to gang-involvement
to create safe and supportive school climates that improve academic, behavioral, and social outcomes. He is also excited to be part of the Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools project, which empowers schools to create military-friendly school climates. In his spare time, Dr. Estrada enjoys spending time with family, coaching youth football, attending live music and poetry events, and riding his motorcycle along the coast.