2020-2021 CEBP MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

I am student in the Clinical-Child Psychology PhD program. My primary research interests focus on how poverty impacts youth mental health and the role that cultural values play in mitigating that impact. I am also interested in exploring client, therapist, and organizational factors that contribute to effective implementation of evidence-based treatments in usual care settings with underserved racial/ethnic minority youth. Lastly, I am passionate about mental health policy that increases access to quality mental health services for low-income youth and families.  

 

Ashley Castro
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I am a student in the Clinical-Child Psychology PhD program. My research interests broadly focus on how poverty-related stressors influence the psychosocial outcomes of low-income youth. I am currently examining youth relational history, concentrating on how poverty-related stressors may compromise the parent-child dyad and further influence a youth’s relational capacity with other adults, such as a mentor. Finally, I am interested in creating effective, evidence-based treatments that address the impact of complex trauma on the mental health of marginalized communities. 

Brittanie Gage
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I am earning my Master's in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration! I am hoping to be a school counselor at the high school level. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise and Movement Science and minors in Global Health and Chican@/Latin@ Studies.

My interests include multicultural competencies, identity development, intersectional feminist theories, systems of oppression between education, housing, and health care, socioeconomic status, & social class. 

Jesus "Jesse" Galvan
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Miguel Herrera
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I graduated in June 2020 from DePaul University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Prior to that, I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Latinx Studies. My research and clinical interests primarily focus on understanding how traumatic stress impacts mental health development for minority youth and young adults. I’m interested in examining resiliency and cultural, familial, and social factors that impact the well-being and academic achievement in minority populations. Finally, I’m interested in culturally-informed, evidenced-based interventions that improve mood and physical symptoms and lead to post-traumatic growth.

I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Child Psychology program at DePaul University. My current research examines cultural factors (i.e., acculturative stress), parenting, and academic achievement among Latinx youth. More broadly, I am interested in examining developmental and treatment outcomes for dual-language, minority, and immigrant youth to develop and evaluate culturally-tailored intervention and assessment tools for these underrepresented groups. Finally, I am interested in addressing obstacles to care through the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments in community and school-based settings. 

Laura Saldana

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I am a student in the Clinical-Child Psychology PhD program. Broadly, my research interests relate to creating, strengthening, and tailoring evidence-based interventions aimed at preventing depression among marginalized communities. I am also interested in understanding how cultural factors influence mental health treatment in hopes of developing cultural-sensitive interventions at the community level. Finally, I am interested in the components of the caregiver-youth relationship and how they may contribute to mental health.

Jesús Solano

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I am a student in the General Psychology MS program. I graduated from Illinois State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. My research interests include examining factors that influence help seeking behavior, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems in at-risk and ethnic minority youth. I am also interested in mechanisms in which to bolster social-emotional development in at-risk youth. My ultimate goal is to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in order to conduct research that will better the diagnosis, treatment and social-emotional development of at-risk and ethnic minority youth.

Taylor Ullrich
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POST B.A/B.S. RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Milena DeMario
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I graduated from the University of Belgrade with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural studies. After my graduation, I moved to the US to learn English, seek more opportunities, and continue my education. I was amazed by the social inequalities across cultural groups in the U.S., which inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. Broadly, my research interests include analyzing the mental development of youth from underprivileged groups. I am passionate about exploring how cultural background and place in the community affect adolescents' psychosexual development. Lastly, I am a dedicated advocate of the welfare and safety of those facing economic adversity and poverty.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. My research interests include exploring the impact of socio-cultural stressors among underrepresented communities. I value the importance of further developing the mental health field in order to provide the necessary resources to a diverse range of individuals. My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in medicine and work towards eliminating healthcare disparities in disadvantaged communities. 

Jeanette Figueroa

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Lauren Hagelstein
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I graduated in 2020 from DePaul University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Psychology with a track in trauma and a minor in sociology. My main interests include improving awareness of mental health and increasing accessibility to mental health resources for marginalized populations, and individuals who have experienced trauma. I am also very passionate about improving mental health resources in a way that ensures cultural competency and provides more community-based intervention programs for at-risk individuals. After graduation I plan to pursue my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and eventually obtain my PsyD in Clinical Psychology. 

Gabrielle Munoz
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I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. My research interests focus on the effectiveness of positive psychology and mindfulness-based interventions targeting depression among high-risk youth. Specifically, I want to explore the effectiveness of these interventions targeting depression, rumination, and stigma among low-income, ethnic minority youth. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology where I can develop, culturally adapt, and strengthen positive psychology and mindfulness-based interventions that can be effectively implemented to youth at school and disadvantaged community settings.

I graduated from Lewis University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am interested in implementation science including researching evidence-based practices designed to mitigate internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety. Specifically, I am interested in the development and evaluation of school-based interventions that are evidence-based and also culturally informed. I plan on furthering my research in the future as a graduate student in Clinical Psychology to support individuals affected by mental health disorders by improving community and school mental health interventions.

Thomas Koza
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I graduated from DePaul University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in human development, and minors in Latin American and Latino Studies as well as Women and Gender Studies. These fields tie together to provide knowledge and insight into my research interests which are primarily focused on the intersections of people’s lives. Particularly, the influence of cultural and ethnic factors on the mental health and well-being of populations that are not well represented in the field.

Amber Ramos

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Sofia Sytniak

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I graduated from DePaul University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minors in Mathematics and Chinese Studies. I am passionate about understanding ways to provide better access to mental health resources for underserved populations, particularly among ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and low-income individuals, as well as the development of evidence-based mental health services for these populations. Additionally, I believe mental health must be viewed as a public health concern and am interested in the development of evidence-based community mental health interventions. I am also passionate about the promotion of healthy and positive sexual education programming. I intend to further pursue these interests by obtaining a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Coming Soon! 

Isabel Fernandez 

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, while minoring in Photography. I am interested in the systemic and environmental factors that contribute to mood disorders in adolescents and in making interventions in mood disorders more culturally informed and accessible to ethnic minorities and LGBTQ+ youth. I am particularly interested in interventions that operate in a school setting and the expansion of mental health resources in schools. After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

Catherine Garcia-Goetting
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I am an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Spanish and Psychology. I am from a small town in Wisconsin and made the move to Chicago to have access to more opportunities and connections in the field. Broadly, my research interests include how culture and environment affect mood disorders in ethnic minorities and what methods are most effective in preventing them. I am particularly interested in the Latinx community with the hope of making mental health services more available to them. After I graduate, I plan on obtaining a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. 

Haedy Gorostieta
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I am an undergraduate student at DePaul pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Neuroscience and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. My research interests are related to how environmental and socio-cultural factors affect mood disorders in adolescents, and the effectiveness of evidence-based, community-centered interventions. I am on a pre-psychiatry track and invested in research on the implementation of mental health services and educational programs in schools. I am passionate about mental health awareness, education, and the accessibility to services in under-resourced communities. 

Natalie Perri

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CULTURE AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE LAB

Psychology Department

DePaul University

2219 N. Kenmore Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

actandadapt1@gmail.com

 

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