Welcome to the Culture and Evidence-Based Practice Lab (CEBP) at DePaul University! 

Dr. Antonio Polo will be reviewing applications for students entering  their PhD program in 2021-2022. He is a member of the Clinical-Child Faculty. Please go to this link: Clinical Psychology MA PhD to learn more about the DePaul Clinical Psychology doctoral program.    



News and Updates for 2020:

  • In the academic year 2019-2020, we successfully partnered with the Office of Social and Emotional Learning from the Chicago Public Schools district. Social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists from 21 schools in this ‘implementation’ cohort delivered the Act & Adapt program for the first time!

  • In the academic year 2019-2020, we continued our partnership with 22 additional schools. Social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists in these ‘sustainability’ schools once again delivered the Act & Adapt program!

  • Both implementation and sustainability cohorts were able to deliver online versions of Act & Adapt to wrap up their groups after CPS district schools closed in March. In total, over 250 CPS students were enrolled in services through our partnership!

  • Nicole Colon Quintana defended her dissertation on 8/12 and officially earned her PhD! Congratulations! Her dissertation is entitled: “Bilingualism, Academic Achievement, and Depression among Low-Income Latinx Early Adolescents.”

  • Congratulations to Diana Vega, who has accepted an offer from the Masters in Social Work program at Loyola University!

  • Congratulations to CEBP lab members who graduated from DePaul this year: Miguel Herrera, Lauren Hagelstein, Camila Ariza, and Samantha Lehman!

  • Congratulations to Laura Saldana and Natalie Turchmanovych, who presented virtual posters as first authors at the American Psychological Association and Society for Prevention Research annual meetings!

  • Welcome to Taylor Ullrich, who was accepted as an MS student at DePaul and has joined our team!

  • Congratulations to Laura Saldana, who successfully proposed her MA Thesis project on 7/21. Her MA Thesis is entitled: “Parent-Child Acculturative Stress Profiles and Academic Achievement among Latinx Youth: Expressed Emotion as a Mediator.”

  • Ashley Castro began her internship year in July, 2020! She is a predoctoral intern at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

  • Congratulations to Nicole Colon Quintana, who successfully published an article. Full reference is:


Colón-Quintana, N., Polo, A. J., & Smith Carter, J. (2020). The reciprocal effects of language proficiency and depression among low income Latinx youth. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 1-14.

  • Congratulations to Jesus Solano-Martinez, who was awarded the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois fellowship for 2020-2021. The goal of DFI is to increase the number of underrepresented minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities. 

  • Congratulations to Averill Obee, who has accepted an offer from the PhD in Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Florida International University, in Miami. 

  • Congratulations to Natalie Turchmanovych accepted admission into the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), in Chicago

  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Carrillo, who has accepted an offer from the Masters in School Counseling at DePaul University!

  • Congratulations to Alma Quiroz, who has accepted an offer to the DePaul Masters of Arts program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling!

  • Our team recently published an article. Full reference here:


Arizaga, J. A., Polo, A. J., & Martinez-Torteya, C. (2020). Heterogeneous trajectories of depression symptoms in Latino youth. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 49(1), 94-105.


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DePaul University

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Chicago, IL 60614



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