Drs. Melissa L. Morgan Consoli and Andres Consoli, Professor Emeritus Manny Casas and eight doctoral students from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology—Danny Meza, Maria Vasquez, Adriana Sanchez, Alyssa Hufana, Kelly Whaling, Josh Sheltzer, Mercedes Oromendia and Gina Vanegas—participated in the 36th edition of the Inter-American Congress of Psychology. The event was held on 23 – 27 July 2017 in Mérida city, Yucatán, Mexico and covered areas like evaluation and measurement methods, experimental psychology and ethics and bioethics.
The Congress was sponsored by the Inter-American Society of Psychology (SIP), a society whose main objective is to foster interaction between psychologists and scientists in related areas in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Congress reflects around four guidelines: to construct more just societies, to bring down the gaps of inequality, to define inclusion and equality strategies, and to know and promote the research carried out in priority areas such as sexuality, human rights, social justice and environment.
Dr. Melissa Morgan Consoli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology. She specializes in multicultural, international and immigrant research, with an emphasis on Latino/a populations. In particular, she focuses on the areas of resilience and thriving and their relationship to cultural variables.
Dr. Andrés J. Consoli is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. His professional and research interests involve transnational collaborations, multicultural supervision, psychotherapy integration and training, systematic treatment selection, ethics and values in psychotherapy, access and utilization of mental health services within a social justice framework, and the development of a bilingual (English/Spanish) academic and mental health workforce.
J. Manuel Casas is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, where he worked from 1991 to 2009. His most recent research and publication endeavors have focused on Hispanic families and children who are at risk for experiencing educational, health, and psycho-social problems, including tobacco, and other drug abuse. His research in this area gives special attention to resiliency factors that can help Hispanic families avoid and/or overcome such problems.