Current Students

SEPIDEH M. ALAVI

Sepdieh M. AlaviSepideh M. Alavi is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program working with Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Prior to attending UCSB, She received a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University where she graduated summa cum laude. At Columbia University, she was in the Global Mental Health and Trauma research tracks and studied the adaptation of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for the refugee population and emotion regulation in the context of bereavement. During her graduate studies, Sepideh interned at the APA and worked on mental health advocacy with various NGOs at the United Nations in New York. After her graduate education, Sepideh worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and studied adolescents with treatment refractory anxiety and depression. She was then recruited by the VA Portland Health Care System and managed a national suicide prevention clinical trial investigating lithium augmentation in veterans with PTSD, MDD or Bipolar disorder who had a recent suicide attempt. Through Community-Based Participatory Research, Sepideh aims to identify culturally-defined idioms of distress and wellbeing in order to develop assessments and adapt evidence-based interventions that are culturally informed. Sepideh is also interested in implementation and dissemination of interventions in LMIC and resource-poor communities. Contact info: alavi@ucsb.edu

SAMIRA AMIRAZIZI

Samira AmiraziziSamira Amirazizi is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology working with Dr. Erin Dowdy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University. Before coming to UCSB, Samira worked for Children's Bureau in their early intervention and prevention department. Samira was a home visitor in the school readiness program, completing developmental screenings and assessments with caregivers. Samira also conducted positive parenting education and case management services. Her research interests include implementation of universal mental-health based screenings in schools for early identification, intervention, and prevention. She is also interested in the impact of parental involvement and parental intervention on a child's developmental trajectory and overall social-emotional wellbeing for children in schools. Please feel free to contact her at samirazizi@ucsb.edu.

AGUSTINA BERTONE

Augustina BertoneAgustina Bertone is a doctoral candidate in her fourth year of the program working under Dr. Erin Dowdy. Her research interests focus on culturally-responsive practices in schools for supporting Latinx children and families, mental health identification and supports for preschool children, and universal complete mental health screening.

 

MEG BOYER

Meg BoyerMeg Boyer is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology working with Dr. Collie Conoley. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Haverford College in 2014, and then worked as manager of the Emotion and Self-Control lab at the University of Michigan. Her current research pursuits explore the integration of positive psychology in psychotherapy, interpersonal processes in emotion regulation, and the therapeutic value of psychological assessment. Meg currently serves as manager of the Psychological Assessment Center at the UCSB Hosford Clinic and provides therapy in local university and college counseling settings. She is also an avid soccer player, kickboxing instructor, and student in Dynamic Circle Hapkido. Please feel free to contact her at mpboyer@ucsb.edu

CHUN CHEN

Chun Chen is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology under Dr. Chunyan Yang. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, and her M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University in 2017. Grounded in a contextual view of development, with a particular is interested in cross-cultural variation, her primary research interests focus on are in the areas of bullying and victimization, prosocial behavior, and school intervention. Her secondary research interests focus on cross-cultural psychology and Asian/ Asian American psychology. Please feel free to contact her at chunchen@education.ucsb.edu.

SHEREEN COHEN

Shereen CohenShereen Cohen is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and working under Dr. Ty Vernon.  She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UC San Diego with a minor in Theater. After completing her B.S., she worked at UCSD as a research assistant in the Center for Human Development and the Infant Vision Lab, and then as the Lab Coordinator at the Infant Vision Lab, where she realized her passion for working with families affected by autism. Shereen pursued and completed her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is now pursuing her doctoral degree at UCSB with a research and clinical focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum, both in a treatment and research capacity since 2009, and is excited to help adults with autism learn skills that will help them succeed in their professional and personal lives, and conduct research that will inform evidence-based practices and support services.

SAM DEL CASTILLO

Sam del CastilloSam is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working with Dr. Tania Israel. Sam received a BA in Psychology from the University of Houston. Post-graduation, Sam developed a diverse professional experience ranging from working at a nonprofit organization that worked to create computer literacy for adult Latinxs, to working as a Center Coordinator for a cancer research center at a research university in the Houston medical center. Broadly speaking, Sam is interested in LGBTQ and Latinx mental health. Their current research interests center around gender expression and parental acceptance of LGBTQ Latinx youth. Outside of the department, Sam is heavily involved in the community. Sam is the co-founder and President of the Queer & Trans Graduate Student Union at UCSB and works with many organizations to serve the LGBTQ and Latinx communities. Please feel free to contact them at: sdelcastillo@ucsb.edu

ALISSA DER SARKISSIAN

Alissa der SarkissianAlissa Der Sarkissian is currently a doctoral student in the School Psychology emphasis under Dr. Jill Sharkey. She graduated in 2014 from UCLA with a B.A. in Psychology, where she gained experience in different labs that studied the effects of racial disparities, sexual violence, and early life stress.  After graduating, she worked as the project coordinator for a longitudinal study at USC that assesses the neuropsychological effect of an intensive music training intervention for children from a low socioeconomic community. Currently, her research interests include risk and resiliency factors that contribute to mental health issues and potential interventions within the foster system, juvenile justice programs, and schools. Feel free to contact her at adersarkissian@education.ucsb.edu.

EMILY EDELMAN

Emily EdlemanEmily Edelman is a doctoral student is School Psychology working under Dr. Quirk. Emily received her B.A. in Psychology, with a Health and Development emphasis and an Education minor, from Stanford University in 2017. During college, she led an early math learning intervention with preschool and kindergarten students. After Stanford, Emily taught at a therapeutic day school to help children with behavioral and emotional regulation difficulties re-engage in learning and develop the positive behaviors necessary to transition back to a more traditional school setting. Emily’s research interests include evidence-based prevention and early intervention practices that positively impact children’s developmental trajectories. She is especially interested in the ways in which school-based interventions can support students’ academic and social-emotional development as well as parents’ engagement in their children’s learning. Please do not hesitate to contact Emily at emilyedelman@ucsb.edu.

KRISTINA ESOPO

Kristina EsposoKristina is a doctoral student in counseling psychology working with Dr. Tania Israel. After receiving her B.A. in psychology with a specialization in biopsychology from The College of New Jersey in 2013, she spent one year serving as a tutor and mentor with the AmeriCorps program City Year, dedicated to holistically supporting students in low-income communities. Prior to enrolling at UCSB, she worked as a research specialist examining the effects of stress on health behaviors in Kenya with Dr. Johannes Haushofer at Princeton University. Kristina's research interests lie in applying an intersectional lens to understand the lived experiences and mental health needs of diverse LGBTQ+ people. She is also interested in employing social justice research frameworks, such as community-based participatory research, to develop and implement community-based mental health interventions. When she’s not researching, teaching, mentoring, or doing clinical work, you can find her hiking, dancing, or playing with her dog. For more information, please feel free to contact her at kesopo@ucsb.edu.

EMILY FERGUSON

Emily FergusonEmily Ferguson is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology emphasis working under Dr. Ty Vernon. Her research interests include the design and dissemination of social interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), along with the development of novel measures to track individual responses to intervention. She is also interested in developing methods to teach emotion regulation skills to individuals with ASD with a range of verbal and cognitive abilities.

 

ISABELLE FLEURY

Isabelle FleuryIsabelle Fleury is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology working under Dr. Erin Dowdy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2016. After earning her degree, Isabelle went on to work as a research assistant for Montefiore's Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program and Trauma-Informed Care Program. During her time at Montefiore, she worked with an incredibly large, diverse, and underserved population in the Bronx to integrate mental health treatment within primary care with the goal of reducing the stigma associated with psychiatric care. Before beginning her doctoral studies at UCSB, Isabelle also spent time studying computational social neuroscience as a research scholar at Adelphi University. Her research interests include increasing access and utilization of mental health services for underserved school youth populations, mental health literacy, integrated behavioral health, complete mental health screening, trauma-informed school practices, and strength-based approaches. Please feel free to contact her at fleury@ucsb.edu.

 

ILIANA FLORES

Iliana FloresIliana Flores is a doctoral student with an emphasis in counseling psychology working alongside Dr. Andres Consoli. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services with an emphasis in mental health from California State University, Fullerton. Iliana’s current research and clinical interests include increasing access and utilization of culturally relevant services using a social justice lens, and bilingual (English-Spanish) professional training and development. Please feel free to contact Iliana at ilianaflores@ucsb.edu

 

VERONICA FRANCO

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco is a doctoral student with a Counseling Psychology emphasis working with Dr. Melissa Morgan Consoli. She is originally from the Los Angeles area and received her B.A. in Sociology and Education from UC Irvine. After obtaining her B.A., she received her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018. Veronica's research interests include Latinx persistence patterns and experiences in higher education, Latinx protective factors, and communities of color resilience, validation, well-being, and coping styles. Her clinical interests are in bilingual psychotherapy, culturally relevant services, and multicultural psychology with a social justice lens. Veronica Franco can be contacted via email at vfranco@ucsb.edu.

J.C. GONZALEZ

J.C. GonzalezJ.C. Gonzalez is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Miya Barnett. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. After graduating with his B.S., J.C. was a project coordinator for the 4KEEPS Study, an NIMH-funded project investigating implementation of multiple EBPs within the community mental health system of Los Angeles County. His research interests include dissemination and implementation science, strategies for increasing fatherhood engagement in parent training, and closing the gap between clinical research findings and health policy development. Please feel free to contact J.C. via email at jcgonzalez@ucsb.edu.

ALYSSA HUFANA

Alyssa HufanaAlyssa Hufana is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Melissa Morgan Consoli.  She received her B.A in Social Ecology and a Minor in Educational Studies at UC Irvine in 2012. In 2016 she received her M.A in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Alyssa has worked in the university counseling center and a local community mental health setting providing individual and group counseling services. She has also served as a teaching assistant in various departments across the UCSB campus. Alyssa's research and clinical interests revolve around multicultural and social justice issues, resilience among Asian American and Pacific Islander as well as Latinx populations, Filipino American psychology, and culturally responsive prevention and intervention. Feel free to email Alyssa at ahufana@education.ucsb.edu.

LUKE JANES

Luke JanesLuke Janes is pursuing a Ph.D. in School Psychology at UCSB, has an M.Ed. in education from UC San Diego, and an M.A. in multicultural counseling from San Diego State. He has been a case manager for homeless youth, a high school and middle school teacher, and a facilitator in adult prisons for the Alternatives to Violence Project. He was also a founder of a kids camp aimed at inspiring and supporting youth empowerment and activism, and a co-director for a diversity training program. He has significant experience with at-risk, ELL, trauma-surviving, and homeless youth populations. He currently provides individual and group counseling to trauma survivors at Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) in Santa Barbara. He is also currently working in Jill Sharkey's lab in collaboration with local community agencies in the reduction of ethnic disparities in social service access across the county, the need-based prevention of drug abuse and gang involvement among adolescents, and the rehabilitation of adult non-violent offenders in Santa Barbara County. He is bilingual in English/Spanish. He also likes pie. And volleyball. He is addicted to dancing, especially blues, fusion, and contact-improv dancing—but in a pinch, any kind will do!

MELISSA JANSON

Melissa JansonMelissa Janson is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology emphasis under the mentorship of Dr. Erika Felix. She received her BA in psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013. Immediately after, Melissa conducted ABA therapy with children with autism for one year. She also worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporation interviewing military families for a study on resiliency. Shortly after, Melissa coordinated a study at the UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology which sought to identify biopsychosocial risk factors and predictors of persistent, debilitating fatigue in breast cancer patients. Melissa conducted STRAIN (Stress and Adversity Inventory) interviews with breast cancer patients, quickly becoming interested in the impact of early adverse life events and trauma on well-being. Her current research interests include identifying and promoting resiliency and recovery processes in diverse, understudied youth, young adults, and families. She is studying resiliency within the context of collectively experienced traumas like natural disasters and mass violence. Melissa is also interested in prevention and intervention work, preventing or buffering against the impact of trauma. Feel free to contact her at: mjanson@ucsb.edu.

NATALIA JARAMILLO

Natalia JaramilloNatalia Jaramillo is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology emphasis working under the mentorship of Dr. Erika Felix. She received her B.A. in psychology from Clark University in 2012. After graduating she attended the Latino Mental Health Research Training program in Puebla, Mexico, and then went on to research prosocial family factors in the course of schizophrenia for Mexican origin families at the Culture and Mental Health Lab at the University of Southern California. Following this project, she worked as a project coordinator at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and did research on posttraumatic stress in children and parents in the pediatric intensive care unit. Her research interests include understanding patterns of risk and resilience in the context of trauma in ethnic minority youth and cultural themes surrounding access to mental health services. Feel free to contact her at njaramillo@ucsb.edu.

CORINNA KLEIN

Corinna KleinCorinna Klein is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Miya Barnett. She received her B.A. from UCSB in 2012.  Prior to completing her B.A., she worked in a residential treatment center for women with chemical dependency and histories of trauma exposure. She completed a Master's degree in Social Work at UCLA in 2017. During her Master's, Corinna specialized in school social work, providing mental health services to culturally and socioeconomically diverse students in public, non-public, and continuation schools in the Los Angeles area. Following her time at UCLA, she worked as a medical social worker in an acute care hospital. Her work within various treatment settings exposed her to the unequal provision of community mental health services and to the many barriers clients face in pursuit of effective treatment.  he hopes to work towards decreasing disparities in access to effective mental health treatment. Her research interests include the implementation and dissemination of mental health services and clinician attitudes towards evidence-based treatments. Feel free to contact her at cklein@ucsb.edu

NATALIE LAREZ

Natalie LarezNatalie Larez is a first-year doctoral student working under Dr. Jill Sharkey in the School Psychology emphasis. Natalie received her B.S. from the University of Arizona in Literacy, Learning, & Leadership (Education), as well as, Family Studies and Human Development. During her time at the University of Arizona, Natalie worked on a clinical trial working with adolescents who have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Within this, she specifically examined post-traumatic stress symptoms and the mediation of resiliency factors’ influence on student outcomes. She also has previous experience mentoring first-generation and underrepresented college students. Natalie’s current research interests are examining risk and resiliency factors and educational attainment of youth who have experienced significant childhood trauma, specifically, among minoritized and low-income communities. Natalie is also interested in how institutions (juvenile detention centers, foster systems, health care systems, school systems) respond to youth who have been impacted by trauma. Feel free to contact her at nalarez@ucsb.edu.

ISABEL LOPEZ

Isabel LopezIsabel López is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working under Dr. Andrés Consoli. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Honors and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She was recently named a Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Scholar, an award granted by the California State University (CSU) system to doctoral students aspiring to become faculty members at the CSU. She is also a recipient of the Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship. Isabel’s research interests center on examining and addressing barriers to mental health care, particularly among the Latinx population. She has studied how factors such as acculturation, mental health literacy, and barriers to care influence help-seeing attitudes and behaviors among ethnic minorities. She hopes to expand upon this line of research, while also addressing the level of culturally sensitive care provided to Latinx and other ethnic minority families. Please feel free to contact Isabel at isabellopez@ucsb.edu.

SABRINA LIU

Sabrina LiuSabrina Liu is a doctoral student with an emphasis in clinical psychology under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. She received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. After graduating, Sabrina worked as the clinical research coordinator for the Harvard Study of Adult Development, then moved to India to work with Sangath, a mental health research NGO, on a number of youth-focused community-based projects. Sabrina’s current research and clinical interests focus on resilience in youth exposed to trauma and adversity and community-based prevention and intervention among culturally diverse populations.  She has served as Co-President of the CCSP Associated Students' Committee, a representative of the APAGS Science Committee, a student rep of APA Division 12 Section 6, and as a consulting editor for Translational Issues in Psychological Science. Feel free to contact her at sabrina.liu@ucsb.edu.

ANTHONY OSUNA

Anthony OsunaAnthony is a third-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology emphasis under Dr. Ty Vernon. As an undergraduate at UCLA, he majored in Psychology and minored in Applied Developmental Psychology. He was also a McNair Research Scholar, a research intensive program for under-represented minorities, where he studied personality in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). His current interests revolve around treatment interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. More specifically, Anthony is interested in improving the online social skills of adults with ASD and how to better understand and improve the experiences of under-served families with children with ASD.

ANA ROMERO

Ana Romero is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Andres Consoli. She received her B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2011 and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University in 2014. Her current research interests include access and utilization of mental health services and mental health in the undocumented community. She is currently conducting research on how immigration status impacts the relationship between undocumented and U.S. citizen siblings. Feel free to contact her: aromeromorales@education.ucsb.edu.

ADRIANA SANCHEZ

Adriana SanchezAdriana Sánchez is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology emphasis working with Dr. Melissa L. Morgan-Consoli. She received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Applied Psychology in June 2016 and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology in June 2018 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research interests include educational attainment and persistence, resilience, and thriving in underrepresented and under-served populations, with an emphasis in Latinx populations. She currently works as a Graduate Student Mentor/Program Assistant for the Transfer Student Center and is passionate about mentoring first-generation college and transfer student undergraduates. Please feel free to contact her at adriana_sanchez@ucsb.edu.

ERIKA LUIS SANCHEZ

Erika Luis SanchezErika is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Miya Barnett. Erika earned her B.A in Psychology at CSU San Marcos, and M.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. As an undergrad, Erika worked with Dr. Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez in her study on perinatal mental health among pregnant women of Mexican descent, with a particular interest in exploring how socio-cultural stressors influenced mothers’ maladaptive behaviors and how these in turn, impacted maternal and infant mental health. At the same time, Erika was a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE) scholar. Later as a M.A. student, Erika worked with Drs. May Yeh and Kristen McCabe on a project aimed at developing a personalized module for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in order to improve treatment engagement and outcomes for families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Among Erika’s interests are the role that socio-cultural factors play on mental health disparities among at-risk minority children and families, with an emphasis on the interplay among culture, parent-child interactions, and exposure to childhood adversity (e.g., stress, poverty, child maltreatment) on children’s internalizing and externalizing behaviors problems, and improving treatment and engagement outcomes for ethnic minority families in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Erika may be reached at beluissanchez@ucsb.edu.

HIMADHARI SHARMA

Himadhari SharmaHimadhari Sharma is a Counseling, Clinical, and School psychology doctoral student, with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working under Dr. Andrés Consoli. Originally from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, she received an undergraduate in business with a specialization in marketing from the University of Minnesota in 2010. After which she worked in the healthcare service industry for four years. She completed her masters in psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology from New York University (NYU) in 2017. There she conducted research in the realm of hearing voices, looking at various topics, such as stigma, within the general population. She also worked in an intensive outpatient clinic for eating disorder patients at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as completed an internship at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India.  She has also worked with the Freedom Project, in Bangalore, India, with human trafficking victims. Himadhari has also served on the board of directors for myHealth, a non-profit reproductive and mental health clinic, as well as on the public policy board for the YWCA, Minnesota. Her current interests include multicultural psychology, access, and utilization for mental health services among minority populations, (especially Asian populations), cross-cultural/international psychology, as well as alternative treatment and therapy options.

JOSH SHELTZER

John SheltzerJosh Sheltzer is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Andrés Consoli. He received his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. During his undergraduate years, he worked in a lab studying relative numerosity in squirrels. After Berkeley, he moved back home to the Central Valley of California where he worked at Tulare Youth Service Bureau, a clinic designed to serve the low-income youth population of Tulare County. His dissertation explores alumni experiences of a local after-school music program. He is currently living in Santa Cruz, CA for his doctoral internship at UCSC CAPS. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, building stuff out of wood, and playing the saxophone. Feel free to contact him at jsheltzer@ucsb.edu.

SRUTHI SWAMI

Sruthi SwamiSruthi Swami is a doctoral student in the School Psychology emphasis under Dr. Matt Quirk. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French and Francophone Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City. Following graduation, she taught middle school math, worked in curriculum development, and mentored students at a charter school in Newark, New Jersey. At UCSB within the Quirk lab, she has worked on projects related to literacy-related motivation and engagement in high school students. She is also working under Dr. Jill Sharkey for the R.E.D. Grant, in which they study racial and ethnic disproportionalities in school discipline and mental health systems. She is currently researching the effects of school-based racism and discrimination on the wellbeing of Asian American high school students for her dissertation. Feel free to contact her at sswami@education.ucsb.edu

DAINA TAGAVI

Daina TagaviDaina Tagavi is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Bob Koegel  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2013 and her M.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2014, where she gained experience in working with infants and children with autism spectrum disorder. Following her undergraduate and graduate work, she spent two years as a Project Coordinator in the Lab for Youth Mental Health at Harvard University, where she became interested in evidence-based, behavioral treatments for children. Her current research interests include the development, dissemination, and implementation of behavioral treatments for children diagnosed with or at-risk for autism spectrum disorder. Feel free to email her at dtagavi@education.ucsb.edu.

IDA TAGHAVI

Ida TaghaviIda Taghavi is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Her research and clinical interests encompass trauma and resilience, and the use of community-based participatory research. As a student and teacher of yoga, she is also particularly interested in the role of mindfulness in promoting resilience and well-being for vulnerable, trauma-exposed populations.

 

 

ADRIAN M. VALADEZ

Adrian M. ValadezAdrian M. Valadez is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology emphasis working under Dr. Tania Israel. Adrian received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2015 and her master's degree in Clinical Psychology in 2018. She was named a Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Scholar in 2018 and has continued to conduct research related to consensual non-monogamy with CSU-Fullerton’s QLab. Adrian's research interests are broadly related to improving LGBTQ+ mental health services and outcomes. More specifically, Adrian is interested in developing and adapting affirming therapeutic interventions for Queer and Transgender/Non-Binary clients. She is also interested in scale construction and assessments to improve the methodology used to measure treatment outcomes.

MARIA D. VAZQUEZ

Maria D. Vazquez is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Melissa Morgan-Consoli. She received a double B.A. in Sociology and Applied Psychology and Human Development from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in 2015. As an undergraduate, Maria worked with professors studying everything from the development of moral-cognitive decision making skills of first-year undergraduate students to the effects of microaggressions on the mental health of South and Southeast Asian college students. She also completed independent research with the support of the McNair Scholars Program to study Latino men's college persistence rates, and, later, the mental health effects of Latino men's emotional support networks under the fellowship of the Thea Bowman AHANA & Intercultural Center and the Montserrat Coalition of Boston College. Her research and clinical interests have taken her to Quito, Ecuador and Madrid, Spain, where she interned at a psychiatric clinic under Dr. Enrique Rojas Montes that focused on the research and treatment of personality and depressive disorders. Her current research interests include resilience, thriving, and wellness in the Latinx community, access and utilization of mental health services, and access to higher education, all from a strong social justice perspective. Feel free to email her at mvazquez@education.ucsb.edu

RHEA WAGLE

Rhea WagleRhea Wagle is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Media Studies at University of California, Berkeley in 2014. After graduation, she worked as a behavior therapist for children with autism spectrum disorder and a social skills guide for children in San Francisco, California. She currently works under Dr. Erin Dowdy. Her research interests include using universal mental-health based screening in schools for early identification, intervention, and prevention. She is also interested in positive psychology, school bullying, and general social-emotional health for children in schools. Feel free to contact her at rwagle@education.ucsb.edu.

JAZZMYN WARD

Jazzmyn WardJazzmyn Ward is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program working with Dr. Erika Felix. Prior to attending UCSB, she double majored in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in African American Studies at UC Irvine. Jazzmyn then went on to complete her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Northridge where she studied community violence and ethnic racial socialization among marginalized populations. Broadly, Jazzmyn is interested in variations of trauma exposure and its effects on mental health among marginalized populations particularly in the Black community. Furthermore, Jazzmyn also has interests in resiliency and protective factors in addition to program development and program evaluation. Feel free to contact Jazzmyn at jazzmynward@ucsb.edu.

CHONGZHENG WEI

Chongzheng WeiChongzheng Wei is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working with Dr. Tania Israel. He received an M.Ed. in Education (concentration: sexuality education and counseling) from Beijing Normal University and a B.S. in Applied Psychology from Nanchang University in China. His strong commitment to counseling psychology and social justice started by serving prisoners, underresourced migrant children, and LGBTQ individuals in China. After graduation, he was selected for a prestigious traineeship program sponsored by the Chinese government to work at both UNESCO headquarters in Paris and Asia-Pacific regional office in Bangkok, promoting gender equality and LGBTI inclusion in the education sector. Chongzheng speaks Mandarin, English, and intermediate French. His research centers around addressing minority stress and mental health disparities facing the LGBTQ community. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming, and playing the Ukulele. Feel free to contact him at c_wei@ucsb.edu.

KELLY WHALING

Kelly WhalingKelly Whaling is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology working under the advisement of Dr. Jill Sharkey. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills in 2013, and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from California State University Northridge in 2015. She is passionate about researching effective prevention and intervention programs for ethnic minority youth experiencing suicidality, especially in unique justice-involved youth populations (e.g. CSEC youth, TAY, gang-affiliated youth) from a strengths-based perspective. Feel free to contact her at kwhaling@ucsb.edu.

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