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Omonike (Nikki) Hutchinson, MSW, Interim Director, Office of Foster Youth Support Services/Guardian Scholars

Omonike (Nikki) Hutchinson, MSW

Interim Director, Office of Foster Youth Support Services/Guardian Scholars
Tel: (951) 827-6545

Omonike graduated with her Masters in Social Worker from California State University of Long Beach and has been working in the social service field for over 10 years. She has served as a community crisis counselor, behavioral interventionist, mentor and community liaison in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. During her undergraduate studies, Omonike worked at the Cross-Cultural Centers for the University Student Union at California State University of Los Angeles. There she encouraged student learning as well as fostered an inclusive campus environment promoting diversity and cross-cultural awareness. As a former foster youth, she understands first-hand the challenges foster youth face as they work towards earning a college degree. 
Omonike began working as the Interim Director of OFYSS in 2021

Tuppett M. Yates, Ph.D., Executive Director, Guardian Scholars and Professor of Pyschology

Tuppett M. Yates, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Guardian Scholars and Professor of Psychology
Tel: (951) 827-4991

Dr. Yates received her undergraduate training in experimental psychology and neuroscience at Brown University. In 2005, she completed a joint doctoral degree in developmental psychopathology and clinical science at the Institute of Child Development of the University of Minnesota. In addition to her research with at-risk children and families, Dr. Yates spent nearly a decade in clinical practice with children, adults and families, including those in child protective services. Dr. Yates completed her clinical internship at the Cambridge Hospital of Harvard Medical School and a clinical, postdoctoral fellowship at the Stone Center of Wellesley College before joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at UCR in 2006.

Dr. Yates’ research focuses on risk and resilience among adversity-exposed youth. Her research informs practice and policy to protect and enhance the resources and strengths in individuals, families and communities that enable children to succeed in the face of life’s many challenges. Dr. Yates founded Guardian Scholars in 2008. She is deeply committed to translating her research findings to enhance opportunities for foster youth and other vulnerable children.

Department Information
Office of Foster Youth Support Services
Office Hours:
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Phone: (951) 827-6545
3637 Canyon Crest Dr. #K101 Riverside, CA 92507


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