Carina Montoya

Carina Montoya (she/her) received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Arizona State University in 2017 and completed her Master of Social Work with a specialization in Public Child Welfare from Arizona State University in 2019. Carina worked for the Department of Child Safety as a Strength Specialist providing specialized case management to identified survivors of child sexual exploitation within the child welfare system. As a licensed social worker, Carina provided trauma-informed care as an adolescent trauma and equine therapist in a community-based agency. In this most recent role, Carina worked as a clinician in a specialized program providing therapeutic services to adolescents involved in child sex trafficking and exploitation. Carina's research interests include sex trafficking and exploitation, comprehensive sex education, violence prevention, expansion of trauma-informed services to gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ identities, and alternative trauma treatment modalities.