2019-2020 LAB MEMBERS

Graduate Students 

I am a 5th year 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

I am a student in the Clinical-Child Ph.D. program. My research interests include understanding how linguistic, contextual, and cultural factors intersect to affect mental health and academic outcomes among low-income Latinx youth. I am expecially interested in understanding the role of dual language proficiency in developmental trajectories, and tailoring interventions for at-risk and depressed Latino youth. 

Nicole Colón-Quintana

I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Maryland, College Park. My research interests include the impact of cultural, social, and familial factors on the assessment and treatment of youth mental health concerns.  In particular, I am interested in multi-informant assessment of youth depression, and understating clinical and sociocultural factors that impact informant discrepancies. In addition, I am interested determining the impact of psychosocial treatments for depression across diverse groups, particularly those that are underserved.  

Bridget Makol

I am a student in the Clinical-Community Psychology PhD program. My main interests focus on understanding the ways cultural idioms of distress and cultural values shape the expression of mental illness, help-seeking behavior, and responsiveness to treatments. I would like to explore how this information can be utilized to develop culturally informed treatments for depressive mood disorders and trauma-induced psychopathology. I am particularly interested in working with immigrant and refugee populations.

Samantha Nau

I am a student in the Clinical Child Psychology program. Broadly, I am interested in examining developmental and treatment outcomes for dual-language, minority, and immigrant youth. I am particularly interested in the development and evaluation of culturally-tailored intervention and assessment tools for underrepresented youth faced with internalizing and externalizing problems. Finally, I am interested in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments in community and school-based settings. 

Laura Saldana

I am a second-year 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

Postbaccalaureate Research Assistants

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

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and in Psychology with a clinical-community concentration. I am interested in how culture and mechanisms of emotion regulation can act either as risk or protective factors in the development of anxiety and depression among youth. I hope to further my education by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology and I hope that the research I conduct will better inform prevention and intervention programs for disadvantaged, ethnic minority youth. 

Ysatris Nuñez

I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I also minored in Peace & Conflict Studies and Chinese. My research interests fall in the intersection of youth mental health, community, culture, and identity. I am interested in the development of evidence-based practices which can be practically and effectively implemented in underserved communities. I am also interested in promoting mental health policies that both expand access to mental health services and address community concerns and needs. In the future, I plan to pursue a clinical graduate degree focusing on youth mental health.

Averill Obee

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

I graduated from DePaul University in June, 2018 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a concentration in Human Development. I also minored in Spanish and Latina/o Studies. My interests include improving the mental health of ethnic minority populations, especially children. I am interested in helping immigrant families find ways to access mental health services. My goal is to pursue a Master’s degree in social work, counseling psychology, or a related field.  

Diana Vega

Natalie Turchmanovych

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I am passionate about understanding how culture and the environment impact the mental health of children and adolescents who come from ethnic minority backgrounds. I am also very interested in finding interventions for mental illnesses that are both culturally informed and evidence-based. As a member of the CEBP lab, I am eager to learn about culture, mental health, and interventions that are culturally-informed, evidence-based, and delivered in school settings. My passion for research in this area stems from my personal experience as an immigrant and the hardships that many children who come from different cultural backgrounds have to overcome in the United States. In the near future I plan on pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

Sofia Sytniak

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 in 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

I am an undergraduate student at DePaul University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology. My research interests include the implementation of more culturally responsive therapy practices within the school setting. I am particularly interested in working with students from marginalized groups with the hope of increasing the use of the mental health services within schools. Upon graduating from DePaul University, my academic and career goals include obtaining a master's degree in school counseling and working in urban school settings.

Elizabeth Carrillo

I am a third-year 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 hope to pursue a master’s degree in Social Work.

Catherine Garcia-Goetting

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

I am a 4th year undergraduate student at DePaul University earning my 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 as well.

Lauren Hagelstein

I am an undergraduate student at DePaul University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, while minoring in Sociology. I am particularly interested in researching risk factors that contribute to the mental health of young people, including educational settings and access to resources, and how this shapes their perception and experiences of the world. I’m also passionate about equality in access to mental healthcare, and helping provide young people with resources that encourage empowerment and validation. After graduation, I plan to pursue an Ed.S. in School Psychology.

Sam Lehman

I am an undergraduate student at DePaul University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services and a minor in Sociology. My interests include looking into the effects of trauma among immigrant youth, Latinx youth, and African American youth and how that intersects with socioeconomic status and academic achievement. I plan on pursuing a clinical psychology doctoral program with a focus on trauma and youth mental health. 

Alma Quiroz

I am an undergraduate at DePaul University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development Studies and a minor in Public Health Studies. I was born and raised in Chicago and am passionate about spreading mental health awareness to individuals within cultures that would not otherwise seek or have access to mental health resources. My research interests include learning about how cultural and socioeconomic factors affect an individual’s development from youth to adulthood. Following graduation, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Mia Purnell

I am a senior student at DePaul University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development. I chose to join the CEBP Lab because I am interested in working with ethnic minority students. My research interests are concentrated on how the environmental stressors impact the academic achievement of underrepresented students. Post-graduation, I plan on obtaining a Master’s degree in school counseling.  

Camila Ariza

CULTURE AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE LAB

Psychology Department

DePaul University

2219 N. Kenmore Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

actandadapt1@gmail.com

 

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