Zahava Heydel graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she majored in psychological sciences with a concentration in clinical and counseling psychology. During her education, Heydel's love of social science research led her to assist with various faculty-led research projects and create her independent study examining music ensemble and personality. She has recently worked as a research assistant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry, Colorado Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness. In this role, she expanded upon her interests in implementation science and behavioral health by working on numerous intervention-based research projects aimed at improving women’s behavioral healthcare. At Empirical, Zahava’s focus is on evaluating the CREATE teacher residency program’s work in Atlanta Public Schools, a project invested in expanding equity in education by developing critically conscious, compassionate, and skilled educators.