Ellie Nierstedt is dual degree candidate, pursuing her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health through the Columbia School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health. At CSSW, Ellie has a concentration in Policy with a focus on Contemporary Social Issues. Prior to entering graduate school, Ellie received her Bachelors of Social Work at Arizona State University and worked for almost a decade in the social work field, gaining experience in crisis intervention, victim advocacy, child welfare, domestic violence, grief, trauma, early childhood development and trauma informed practices in the school setting. Ellie wants to pursue a deeper understanding of the impacts and mitigation of individual and historical trauma from the cellular level to the systemic level. Outside of the academic and professional setting, Ellie enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with her five-year-old daughter.