Current Students

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: alavi@ucsb.edu

AMY BARRETT

Amy Barrett is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Ty Vernon. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where she gained experience in both developmental and clinical research. Following her undergraduate work, she spent two years as Manager of the Child Developmental Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University and a behavioral therapist to children on the Autism Spectrum in home, school, and community settings. Her current research interests include neurological reward processing of language and expressive language development in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Her clinical work entails assessment/diagnosing for the Koegel Autism Center Assessment Clinic as well as providing PRT therapy to clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Feel free to email her at abarrett@education.ucsb.edu.

AGUSTINA BERTONE

Agustina 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 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

DIANA CAPOUS

Diana Capous is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Maryam Kia-Keating. She received her B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University in 2009. She has three years of experience working with various cultural and racial groups through her work with the Cognitive Development lab at Cornell University, and with Project STEP (Successful Transitions in Ethological Perspectives) at the University of Rochester. Her current research projects include applying community based participatory research approaches in her work with Proyecto HEROES (Honor, Education, Respect, Oportunity, Hope, Solutions), a community-university collaborative that focuses on the impact of violence and trauma on Latino/a youths' lives. While at UCSB she has done research in a high school using photovoice methods, and in the Hosford clinic conducting a study on daily experiences of stress and coping with trauma-affected clients. Her research interests include the intersection of culture, trauma and resilience in the context of family and community-level prevention and intervention to facilitate healthy developmental trajectories for Latino youth and families. She is also interested in examining the application and adaptation of evidenced-based treatments, such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, for diverse cultural groups and contexts. For more information, please to contact her at dcapous@education.ucsb.edu

MEIKI CHAN

Meiki Chan is a doctoral student with an emphasis in School Psychology under Dr. Chunyan Yang. She received her B.Soc.Sc in psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She served as a research assistant in the Education University of Hong Kong upon graduation. Prior to studying at UCSB, she taught at primary schools in Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on social emotional health, cross-cultural comparisons, mental health and bullying victimization. Her current projects include promoting school membership from a strength-based perspective and the moderating effect of school climate in teacher victimization. For more information, please contact her at meikichan@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 interest 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.

ANDREW CHOI

Andrew Choi is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology under Dr. Tania Israel. He received his HBS in Psychology and Sociology from University of Utah in 2013. His  primary research interests focus on identity intersections (e.g., culture, race, sexuality), and the psychological mechanisms through which they are organized and influence mental health. He is specifically interested in the psychosocial antecedes that support resilience in contexts of multiple minority stress. His secondary research involves multicultural education and counseling, in particular the motivational and regulatory processes that underlie the development of multicultural awareness and competence. Please feel free to contact him at achoi@education.ucsb.edu.

SHEREEN COHEN

Shereen 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 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 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.

KELLY EDYBURN

Kelly Edyburn is a doctoral student in School Psychology. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Oregon. She currently works under Dr. Matt Quirk, and her research interests include early language and literacy development among dual language learners, school readiness of students from vulnerable populations, family-school partnership, and culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy, assessment, and intervention. Feel free to contact her at kedyburn@education.ucsb.edu.

ERIN ENGSTROM

Erin Engstrom is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology under Dr. Robert Koegel and Dr. Ty Vernon. She received her B.A. in Psychology with minors in applied psychology and Speech & Hearing sciences at UCSB in 2013.  Following graduation, she served as Clinic Coordinator and a student clinician at the UCSB Koegel Autism Center. Currently, she is an intern at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she is getting specialized training in the assessment and treatment of individuals and families with developmental disabilities and comorbid mental health challenges. Her dissertation seeks to examine the effectiveness of a peer-mediated self-management intervention to improve daily living skills in college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). In addition to this line of research, Erin is also interested in mitigating barriers to success in employment for individuals with ASDs, as well as improving mental health outcomes of individuals with ASDs and other developmental disabilities Feel free to contact her at etengstrom@ucsb.edu

KRISTINA ESOPO

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 reducing the achievement gap in marginalized 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 and intervene on the socio-structural, psychological, and behavioral mechanisms by which cumulative social advantage and disadvantage lead to mental health disparities among LGBTQ+ populations with multiple stigmatizing identities. She is also interested in exploring issues related to mental health and stigma among vulnerable populations more broadly, including the incarcerated/previously incarcerated and the poor in developed and developing countries. For more information, please feel free to contact her at kesopo@ucsb.edu.

EMILY FERGUSON

Emily Ferguson is a first-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 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 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.

 

J.C. GONZALEZ

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 free to contact J.C. via email at jcgonzalez@ucsb.edu.

ALYSSA HUFANA

Alyssa 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 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 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.

KRISHNA KARY

Krishna is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology specialization working with Dr. Tania Israel. She completed her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling from Santa Clara University. Prior to enrollment in the graduate program at UC Santa Barbara, Krishna worked primarily with adolescents in both a campus-based counseling center and a residential treatment facility. More recently she has worked in the university counseling center and in local community mental health settings providing individual, group, and couples counseling services. She has also served as a teaching assistant in various departments across the UC Santa Barbara campus. Krishna compliments her applied clinical work and teaching experiences with a background and growing interest in qualitative research, specifically psychotherapy process and outcomes, treatment approaches with sexual and gender minority populations, and supervision. A large portion of Krishna’s research endeavors have and continue to focus on psychoeducational and therapeutic interventions for reducing internalized stigma with sexual and gender minority individuals. 

CORINNA KLEIN

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 cklein@ucsb.edu

LINDSEY LILES

Lindsey Liles is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. She is currently working on a few projects related to Sport Psychology, Mental Toughness, and Athletic Identity Development. I'd like to expand this to include Athletic Injury and Transitions From Sport. Additionally, She work in Dr. Merith Cosden's lab with Veterans Treatment Court. Her lifelong interest and involvement in sports let me to pursue a career in Sport Psychology.  Feel free to contact her at lliles@education.ucsb.edu

SABRINA LIU

Sabrina 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.

EMMIE MATSUNO

Emmie is an advanced doctoral student in counseling psychology and works with Dr. Tania Israel at UC Santa Barbara. She has worked previously at a community clinic, career services, and a local LGBT oriented clinic. Her research interests include transgender mental health, resilience, minority stress, internalized stigma, and intervention research. She is currently Vice President of the Santa Barbara Transgender Advocacy Network (SBTAN) and serves as a group facilitator for trans youth and young adults. She is also a member of the APAGS committee on sexual orientation and gender diversity and a member of the Trans Task Force at UCSB.

KATIE MOFFA

Katie Moffa is currently a doctoral student under Dr. Erin Dowdy. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with her B.A. in Economics. Prior to entering the CCSP program, she worked as a research assistant in the Social Interactions and Social Stigma Lab and the Center for Mental Health in Schools Lab at UCLA. She has extensive experience working with toddlers and school-age youth and their families to implement prevention and intervention strategies to address emotional distress and promote wellness. Her research interests include early identification of youth experiencing social emotional difficulties, school-based mental health and multi-tiered systems of support, and the utility of universal complete mental health screening. Please feel free to contact her at kathrynmoffa@ucsb.edu.

ANTHONY OSUNA

Anthony is a second-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.

ANAHITA NAVAB

Anahita Navab received her B.A. from UCLA in Psychology in 2010, where she began her research on early identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). From 2010-2012, she began her exploration of early intervention for individuals with ASD, which she began to passionately pursue in conjunction with intervention research. Upon entering the CCSP program with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, she could not imagine a graduate program that would better capture the interplay of research and clinical practice through the lens of the scientist-practitioner model. She feels that this stance is especially embraced by the Koegel Autism Center and has been fortunate enough to pursue this multi-faceted approach to intervention research for individuals with ASD through this work at KAC. Anahita uses the scientist-practitioner model to focus her treatment efforts on early intervention for ASD assessed with the use of eye-tracking software, as well as treatment focused on emotion regulation for adults with ASD. Please feel free to email her at anavab@education.ucsb.edu.

EVELYN WINTER PLUMB

Evelyn Winter Plumb is a doctoral student with an emphasis in Counseling Psychology working in the lab of Dr. Collie Conoley. She received her B.A. in Psychology & Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2008, and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2015. Before joining CCSP, she worked as a research assistant in several labs at both UCSC and Stanford, where she performed research on a range of topics including Spatial Orientation, Dispositional Sociolinguistics, and interventions to promote the academic success of female and racial/ethnic minority students in STEM fields. Her current research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, associations between implicit theories of personality/cognition and resilience, and psychological flexibility in mindfulness-based psychotherapy. Please feel free to contact her at eplumb@education.ucsb.edu.

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 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.

HIMADHARI SHARMA

Himadhari 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

Josh 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. He is currently working on his dissertation that explores alumni experiences of a local after-school music program. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, building stuff out of wood, and playing with his four chickens, Tia, Tamera, Spazzy #2, and Johanna Snow. Feel free to contact him at jsheltzer@education.ucsb.edu

SRUTHI SWAMI

Sruthi 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 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 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 student in Counseling Psychology working under Dr. Tania Israel. Adrian has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from CSU, San Bernardino and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from CSU, Fullerton. She was recently named a Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Scholar, which is awarded by the California State University system to doctoral students training to become future university faculty members. Adrian's research interests are broadly related to LGBTQ+ issues and social justice. More specifically, Adrian has conducted research related to LGBTQ+ youth empowerment and psychological well-being, Community-Based-Participatory-Action Research, stereotyping, stigma, and Consensual Non-Monogamy (i.e. open relationships, polyamory, etc.). In her spare time (whenever that is...), Adrian enjoys writing and performing music, playing video games, fishing, camping/ hiking, and spending time with her loved ones.

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 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.

KELLY WHALING

Kelly 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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