Ms. Akesson studied at Columbia University in New York City, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology from Columbia College, an M.P.H. in Forced Migration and Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, and a M.S.S.W. in Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities from Columbia University's School of Social Work. Ms. Akesson is currently a Ph.D.
Victoria is currently a doctoral candidate in the Joint PhD McGill/Université de Montreal Program in Social Work. For her doctoral work she is exploring experiences of displacement among recently homeless older adults in Montreal (i.e., adults who become homeless for the first time at 50 years of age or older).