Svea’s interests focus on immigrant and refugee youth in the United States. Specifically, she seeks to understand how language brokering (serving as an interpreter or translator for family members or other adults) influences youth from diverse backgrounds in order to determine how schools and communities may best support them. Svea earned her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College with a focus on Spanish Language and Hispanic Studies. She received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University. Prior to coming to Oregon State, Svea worked at the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University to develop, implement, and evaluate a program promoting social and emotional development among diverse learners in early childhood education settings. Additionally, Svea is TESOL certified and has worked as an English as a Second Language educator for immigrant and refugee youth and adults.