Ana Cienfuegos-Silvera is a Fulbright scholar from Colombia completing her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and specialized in restorative justice with youth. Previously, Ana was an assistant professor at Santo Tomas University in Colombia and worked as a juvenile justice policy advisor for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and various government agencies in Colombia. Currently, she works on juvenile restorative justice evaluations for the Juvenile Justice Institute and consults with UNODC for the Global Program to Eliminate Violence Against Children. Her current research focuses on the social-psychological mechanism underlying restorative justice interventions with adolescents and how they are affected by socio-cultural factors.
Ana has served as the president of the UNL Fulbright Association and was part of the advisory panel for the UNODC Resilience-focused Model for Children Associated with Armed and Organized Criminal Groups, including those Designated as Terrorist Groups. In her free time, Ana enjoys hanging out with her husband and her friends and playing with her two cats. She loves traveling and learning about different cultures.