The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology holds its annual Research Festival Thursday, November 12

Thursday, November 5, 2020
flyer for 2020 CCSP Research Festival

The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) at the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz School will be holding a Research Festival on Thursday, November 12 from 8:25 am to 12:20 pm via Zoom. The festival is free and open to the public. Thirteen students will be presenting their cutting-edge research during the symposium event. In order to receive their Master’s degree, all 2nd year CCSP students submit a research festival proposal in the spring. As 3rd year students, they present their findings to the department.

The presenters’ research spans relevant, intersectional topics such as resilience, improving mental health care, socialization for adults on the autism spectrum, and more.

8:25 am Welcome

8:30 am Veronica Franco, M.S. • Understanding the Connection: The Transmission of Mexican American Cultural Practices and Wellbeing

8:45 am Erick Felix • Mexican Immigrant Parents of U.S. Born Youth: An Exploration of Resilience

9:00 am Kristina Esopo  • Exploring Latinx, LGBTQ+ Young Adults’ Experiences Seeking Mental Health Services: A Qualitative Study

9:15 am Emily Ferguson • Social Interaction Skill Intervention for Autistic Adults with Intellectual Disability and Limited Language: A Pilot of the SKILL Program

9:30 Mei-Ki Maggie Chan • Profiles of Social Support and Psychological and Academic Functioning Among Adolescents

9:45 am Break

10:00 am Adrian M. Valadez • Implicit Internalized Binegativity: Measurement Design and Development

10:15 am Jason Fly • Factors Associated with Treatment Dropout at a Trauma-Focused Community Mental Health Clinic

10:30 am Chloe (Yuexin) Zhang • Multicultural and International Training in School Psychology Programs: A Global Perspective

10:45 am Erika Luis Sanchez • Understanding clinician adaptations to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A mixed methods study

11:00 am Corinna Klein, MSW • Improving the Quality of Children’s Mental Health Care with Progress Measures: A Mixed-Methods Study of Therapist Attitudes

11:15 am Break

11:30 am Danny Feinberg • Rasch Analysis of the Parental Engagement of Families from Latino Backgrounds Self-Report Measure (PEFL): Exploration of the validity of a recently developed, culturally-contextualized measure and implications for the measurement of parental engagement in Santa Barbara County

11:45 am Tamiesha Hinton, M.S. • Examining the Social Emotional Health Survey-Secondary for Use With Latinx Youth

12:00 Sepideh M. Alavi, M.A. • Secondary Trauma and Organizational Factors for Health Care Providers Following Disaster

12:15 Closing Remarks

The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association for the Ph.D. in the areas of counseling, clinical, and school psychology. In addition, the School Psychology specialization offers a pupil personnel services credential, en route to a Ph.D., that is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Association of School Psychologists. The CCSP Department adheres to a scientist-practitioner training model. Primary emphasis is placed on developing knowledge and skills that inform applied psychology research and practice. Graduates enter academic and other leadership roles in professional psychology.

[Student presenters are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at]