Maya Doyle entered the doctoral program at the Silver School of Social Work in 2004 as a part-time student while working full time as the senior social worker in the Kidney Program at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She completed her master’s at NYU in 1994, and had worked in Pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital for six years before joining the team at Montefiore in 1999. In addition to her clinical work, Maya has served as coordinator of the Ruth Gottscho Dialysis and Children’s Kidney program at Frost Valley YMCA for 10 years. Having taken maternity leave in 2007 when her son Torben was born, Maya returned to her doctoral coursework in 2009. In 2011, Maya defended her proposal, “Cystinosis in Emerging Adulthood.” She was awarded a grant from the Cystinosis Research Network (CRN), which has allowed her to conduct interviews and focus groups all over the United States with individuals (and their parents) affected by a rare metabolic disease. In addition to training in qualitative methods and grounded theory from her mentors, Dr. Deborah Padgett and Dr. Allison Werner-Lin, Maya was accepted to attend a Grounded Theory Institute training seminar with Dr. Barney Glaser in the fall of 2011. Having grown up with a chronic illness, Maya has combined her personal experience and professional expertise to explore the transmutation of illness and the challenges of transitioning from pediatric to adult-oriented care. She has also served as an adjunct lecturer in the master’s program, teaching Clinical Social Work in Health and Illness. Maya was also accepted to NYU’s Global Research Initiatives Program 2012 Summer Dissertation Program, and is looking forward to dedicated writing time in London this summer.