SEPIDEH M. ALAVI
Sepideh 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samira 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 email@example.com.
Meg 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Jacquelyn Chin (she/her) is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working under Dr. Tania Israel. Before coming to Santa Barbara, Jacki ereceived her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Howard University. She worked in the African American Studies department at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Black Child and Family Lab. Her research focuses on interventions towards internalized stigma among queer Black and Latinx communities. Jackie’s life goal is for Black queer and GSM groups to have access to mental health resources. She is a Fulbright student, serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Argentina. Outside of the department, Jacquelyn remains involved with p0stb1nary, a collective of Black trans and non-binarycreatives that holds space for resisting all binary systems. You can also find her writing poetry, practicing yoga, and dancing on the beach.Feel free to reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jacquelyn_Chin.
SAM DEL CASTILLO
Sam 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: email@example.com
DANIEL DEL CID
Daniel is a 2nd year School Psychology graduate student researcher under the supervision of Dr. Jill Sharkey at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education department. Currently, Daniel is working on a grant awarded as part of UCSB’s Multidisciplinary Research on COVID-19 & Its Impacts (MRCI) to study the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health and parental practices of essential workers. Daniel is a doctoral student studying School Psychology at University California Santa Barbara. Daniel's research explores educational policies and practices that can enhance and support the experiences of Latin(x) subgroups (e.g., first-generation immigrants, undocumented, dacamented, AB540 students, LGBTQ). Daniel hopes to use this research to elucidate potential stress buffers among these vulnerable, underserved, at-risk populations, and more specifically, develop interventions that might lessen possible negative mental health and academic outcomes. Daniel recently joined the Transfer Student Center this past summer as the incoming Graduate Programs Assistant / Graduate Student Mentor for the 2020-21 academic year. Daniel’s experiences as a transfer student from Los Angeles Valley College has made joining the TSC a dream come true. In the next five years, Daniel hopes to continue serving underserved and underrepresented students at a California university as a tenured professor. Read his research and follow him @ Research Gate or on Academia.
ALISSA DER SARKISSIAN
Alissa 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 various 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 dissertation project focuses on cultural considerations for mental health needs and strengths of the Armenian community. In particular, she is examining how the Armenian genocide, displacement, and other historical losses impact mental health, community support, mental health stigma, and feelings of cultural bereavement and historical preservation. Feel free to contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily 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 email@example.com.
Kristina 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meghan Evans is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Meghan received her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Public Health Science and Religious Studies from Santa Clara University in 2017. As an undergraduate, Meghan studied socio-ecological influences on mental and physical health disparities as well as the implementation and effectiveness of prevention/intervention strategies using mixed-methodology and community-based participatory methods. After graduating, she worked as a senior lab manager and post-baccalaureate research associate focused on the relationship between trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and mental health, as well as other public health issues (i.e. community violence, housing instability, juvenile justice involvement). Her current research interests include utilizing community-based participatory methods to partner with marginalized communities and increase access to and quality of strengths-based preventive interventions for youth and families exposed to trauma and ACEs.
Emily 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 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 email@example.com.
Iliana 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Franco is a doctoral student with a Counseling Psychology emphasis working with Dr. Melissa Morgan. 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 email@example.com.
J.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elana is a doctoral student in counseling psychology working under Dr. Melissa Morgan. After receiving her B.A. in anthropology from Barnard College, Elanaspent time working as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through Crime Victims Treatment Center and at the NYC Department of Health on a community mural-making and public health program. Elana received her MA in psychology from the New School in 2020. Her research interests include collective and intergenerational memory, immigration, identity, and community-based participatory research. She is also interested in the ways research can be both informed by and create public artand memorials. Please feel free to contact her at email@example.com.
Alyssa Hufana is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Melissa Morgan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luke 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 is a fourth year 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. Melissa previously worked as a research assistant at the RAND Corporationinterviewing military families for a study on resiliency during periods of deployment. She also 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, which led to herinterest in the impact of adverse life events and trauma on well-being. Her current research interestsinclude 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, mass violence, and COVID-19. Melissa is also interested in program evaluation. Feel free to contact her at:email@example.com.
Natalia 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corinna 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 email@example.com
Natalie 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isabel López is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working with Dr. Andrés Consoli. She received both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology-Honors and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from CaliforniaState University, Northridge. She was named a Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Scholar in 2019, and 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 is working 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 email@example.com
Alice Mullin is a doctoral student in the School Psychology emphasis under Dr. Jill Sharkey. She graduated from Scripps College in 2017 with a B.A. in psychology. Following graduation, she began working as a project coordinator in Dr. Allison Harvey’s lab at UC Berkeley. The labfocused on the development and implementation of a behavioral sleep intervention for both youth and adults. Currently, her research interests include reducing barriers to and improving engagement with evidence-based treatments within youth systems, with aparticular focus on the sustainment of successful treatments. She is particularly interested in increasing historically underserved populations’ access to such interventions. In her free time she enjoys baking (and eating) scones, watching Netflix, and reading thriller novels. Feel free to contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chava Nerenberg is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. Chavaholds a B.A. from Cornell University in Government and Asian Studies, an M.S. from American University in International Development Management, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Before beginning her Ph.D., Chava worked for more than a decade as an international aid worker, providing food aid, psychosocial support, and community programming to vulnerable populations in ten countries. Most recently she served as the program manager for a randomized controlled trial evaluating different approaches to building resilience among Congolese refugees. Chava’s research focuses broadly on trauma and resilience. She is particularly interested in vicarious trauma, mental health care for aid workers and first responders, and therapeutic approachesfor treating trauma among multicultural populations.
Anthony 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.
David Rivera (pronouns: he/him/his) is a doctoral student in the counseling psychology emphasis of our doctoral program working under Dr. Alison Cerezo. Prior to his studies here, David attended community college and went on to transfer to San Diego State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. David was a selected scholar of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) program supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during his final academic year at San Diego State University. He is interested in research aimed at addressing sexual and gender minority health disparities with an interest on Latinx individuals. He is also interested in how cultural factors, minority stress, and gender roles relate to the well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals. You may contact David via email at email@example.com.
Kaylin is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology emphasis working with Dr. Ty Vernon. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2018. Her research interests include teleheath adaptions of parent-mediated interventions for children with ASD, along with parent perspectives on implementing Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Interventions (NDBIs). She is also interested in peer relationships and the role of anxiety in group social skills interventions for children with ASD.
Adriana Sánchez is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology emphasis working with Dr. Melissa L. Morgan. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERIKA LUIS SANCHEZ
Erika is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology working under Dr. Miya Barnett. Erika earned her B.A in Psychology at California State UniversitySan Marcos and M.A. in Psychology at San Diego State University. As an undergraduate student, Erika was a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (RISE) scholar; she is currently a Eugene Cota Robles scholar. Among Erika’s interests are the role that socio-cultural factors play on mental health disparities among at-risk minority children and families (including Spanish monolingual families), and finding innovative ways to contribute to closing the access and utilization of mental health services gap through research. Erika may be reached at email@example.com.
Himadhari Sharma is a Counseling, Clinical, and School psychology doctoral candidate, with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, working with Dr. Andrés Consoli. She grew up in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, and received an undergraduate in business with a specialization in marketing from theUniversity of Minnesota (Go Gophers!). After which she worked in the healthcare service industry and was part of the board ofdirectors for a non-profit reproductive and mental health clinic. She completed her master’s in psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology from New York University (NYU). There she worked on research in the realm of hearing voices, looking at various topics, such as stigma, within the general population, and gained experience in an intensive outpatient clinic for eating disorders.She has had international experience as well through her work with multiple organizations in Bangalore, India. Her current interests include multicultural psychology, access and utilization for mental health services among minoritized populations (especially South Asian communities), cross-cultural/international psychology, culturally salient and indigenous treatment/therapy methods as well as bi-lingual treatment services (Hindi-English).
Madeline Spiess is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology working with Dr. Erin Dowdy. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of San Francisco. After graduation, she worked at UCSF within the Hyperactivity, Attention and Learning Problems (HALP) Clinic. Madeline was the lead project coordinator for the Collaborative Life Skills Program, a school-home intervention focused on behavioral parent training, child skill building, as well as teacher consultation and professional development. Madeline managed recruitment, intervention, and data management procedures while facilitating school and community partnerships within San Francisco Unified School District. She also coordinated numerous Phase II and III sponsor-funded clinical trials for children and adults with attention and/or behavioral challenges. Her current research interests include the exploration of protective and promotive factors that contribute to positive student mental-health outcomes, including the utilization of universal screenings to inform culturally-adaptive interventions. Please feel free to contact her firstname.lastname@example.org
Daina 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 email@example.com.
Ida 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. Valadez is a third-year doctorate student in the Counseling Psychology emphasis working under the direction of Dr. Tania Israel. Prior to attending UCSB, she received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from CSU-San Bernardino and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from CSU-Fullerton. Adrian was named a Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Scholar in 2018 and continues to act as a research consultant for 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 exploring 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhea 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 email@example.com.
Jazzmyn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chongzheng Wei (he/they) is a doctoral student with an emphasis 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 sponsored by the Chinese government to work at both UNESCO headquarters in Paris and Asia-Pacific regional office in Bangkok, promoting gender equality andLGBTI 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 email@example.com