Dr.Leyla Ismayilova is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Professor Ismayilova specializes in the development and adaptation of family-based interventions to improve child well- being in the international context and has been involved in international research projects in sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and the former Soviet Union. Her research agenda focuses on developing culturally congruent interventions to improve mental health functioning and reduce risk behaviors (sexual risk behaviors and substance use) among at-risk children and youth. Ismayilova received her PhD and Master’s in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, with a concentration in advanced clinical practice, and was among the first Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation fellows from the former Soviet Union at Columbia. She also has MS and BS degrees in psychology from Baku State University, Azerbaijan. She was the founder and director of the Center for Psychological Counseling in Azerbaijan, which was the first mental health clinic in the country that provided counseling services to adults, children, and families with various emotional and behavioral problems. Her work experience also includes clinical practice at substance abuse and child and family mental health clinics in New York City.