Mental Health Services Bios
Banks earned her MA in counseling psychology at Ball State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Wheaton College. She is committed to issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, primary care behavioral health and community psychology.
Carter received her BA in psychology from The College of New Jersey in 2007. She entered the clinical psychology doctoral program at Widener University in 2009. Her focus lies in mental health services, particularly for ethnic minority populations, in urban communities. She is also interested in the intersection of evidence-based and culturally sensitive interventions, integration of clients' religious and spiritual beliefs in treatment and the role of mentors and other protective factors in the lives of at-risk urban youth.
Chiapa received her masters in developmental psychology from San Diego State University. She is now working on her doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. Her focus lies primarily in serving underserved populations mainly looking at family interventions and addressing substance abuse.
Collins earned her MS in counseling psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2010 and began pursuing her PhD in counseling psychology at Boston College the same year. She is primarily interested in issues of racial identity development, parent racial socialization, resilience, internalized racism and community outreach and partnerships.
Conley is currently pursuing her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she also received her MA in counseling psychology. Her areas of interest are college health and well-being, multiculturalism and diversity issues, first generation students, eating disorders and body image, as well as anxiety and depression.
Covone received both his MPH and MSW from the University of Hawaii in Manoa. He is currently pursuing his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. His is mainly interested in health psychology with a focus on suicide, substance abuse and sexually transmitted disease prevention efforts with indigenous communities. He is also specializing in acceptance and commitment therapy.
M. Cristina Cruza-Guet
Cruza-Guet (postdoctoral fellow) received her PhD from Lehigh University in 2010 and began a postdoctoral position at Yale University School of Medicine. She plans to clinically specialize in work with Hispanics with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, engage in public sector initiatives that address disparities in access to mental health care among this population, and develop community-inclusive, peer-based interventions for them.
Currie earned her masters in education in professional counseling from The University of Georgia. She is currently a student at Ball State University’s PhD program in counseling psychology. She is interested in issues relating to African-Americans, at-risk youth and families, and adult offenders. She would also like to explore areas related to college students of color, sport psychology and psychological assessment.
Douglas earned her masters in counselor education at the University of Montana where she is also pursuing her doctoral training in clinical psychology. She is in the child and family track for her program and wants to work with American Indian communities.
Echetebu received her BA in psychology from Duke University and is pursuing her doctorate in clinical community psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in looking at culturally competent juvenile justice interventions and the impacts of policy and racial disparity in social systems.
Feng received a JD from Harvard Law School and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Her interests lie in social justice-oriented psychotherapy with ethnic minority immigrants, substance abuse interventions with ethnic minorities afflicted with co-morbid severe psychopathology and culturally sensitive forensic evaluations.
Flores (policy fellow) earned her MA in psychology from the California State University, Los Angeles in 2009 and began pursuing her PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign the same year. She is primarily interested in issues of race and racism toward Latinos in the United States and relating these constructs to minority mental health and substance abuse. She hopes to help clients of color build a self-sustaining "toolkit" of coping strategies so they do not resort to self-harming behaviors.
Ibaraki earned her BA in psychology from Pomona College and is currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon. She is mainly interested in factors that influence mental health care utilization and treatment outcomes in ethnic minority populations, particularly in Asian-Americans.
Jackson received his bachelor’s in psychology from Stanford University and dived straight into the doctoral program in counseling psychology at University Maryland at College Park. His areas of focus are individual psychotherapy, group interventions, social stigma, identity development and intersecting identities. He is also interested in minority stress, health outcomes, diversity training and cultural competence.
Jones began pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California in 2010. He received his BS in psychology in 2006 from the University of Washington. He is interested in cultural adaptations of evidence-based treatments and the efficacy of evidence-based treatments with ethnic minorities.
Hyo Ju (Jackie) Kim
Kim attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received her BA in psychology in 2008. She is currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan. Her aim is to better understand underutilization and treatment disengagement, improve access to care and promote culturally relevant assessment and treatment methods by examining symptomatology and help-seeking behavior.
Kuikahi received her bachelors in psychology at the University of San Diego. She is currently at Palo Alto Univeristy pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology. She is mainly interested child and family dynamics in Asian-American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander populations.
Luong-Tran, recently completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the George Washington University. She will soon start her postdoctoral training in the at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. Her main areas of focus are child clinical psychology, neuropsychology and nonprofit management.
McLaughlin is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota. She earned her BA in psychology from St. Olaf College in 2010. She sees substance abuse prevention as intricately tied to substance abuse treatment, and is interested in promoting mental health in an effort to prevent the development or worsening of mental illness and substance abuse.
Montano graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2008 with a BA in psychology and began pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University in 2010. She is committed to issues surrounding Mexican/Mexican-Americans, prevention, family-based interventions, mental health promotion, cultural competence, child psychology and the delivery of mental health services in Spanish.
Mosley is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University of Kentucky. She received her MS in school counseling from The Johns Hopkins University in 2011. She is interested in African-American youth, sexual minority youth, LGBTQ people of color, school counseling and positive psychology.
Ng earned her bachelors in psychology from Stony Brook University and is finishing up her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Her areas of focus are race and culture, racial and ethnic identity development, racism-related stress, racial empowerment and Asian-American women's leadership.
Spigner received her bachelors in psychology from Stanford University and is completing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Florida. She is interested in clinical child psychology. She is also pursuing a certification in public health, specializing in management and policy.
Thomas received her MA in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She just started her doctoral program in counseling psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her areas of interest are emotion regulation and trauma outcomes of post-traumatic growth and post-traumatic stress.
Turral graduated with a BA in psychology from John Hopkins University in 2009 and will begin a doctoral program in psychology at Loyola University in 2012. She is particularly interested in the correlation between mental health diagnosis, substance abuse, and criminal activity and in providing services to weaken this correlation.
Vasquez began pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009. He received his MS in clinical psychology in 2012 from the same institution. His primary interests are addictions, health disparities, treatment provider effectiveness and communitywide interventions for mental health and substance use disorders.
Villalobos received her bachelors in psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. She is now in the clinical psychology PhD program at University of Arkansas. Her areas of focus are, integrated behavioral health care, Latino mental health, cultural values, help-giving and mental health service utilization.
Vong (policy fellow) earned an MA in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles in 2008 and is now pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology-Alliant International University, Los Angeles. Her interests include coping, substance abuse, race/racism, cultural issues, psychological well-being, Asian/Asian Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and racial/ethnic minorities, as well as other vulnerable populations.
Wynne graduated from Morehouse College in 2009 with a BA in psychology and began pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Arizona State University in 2010. He is pursuing a career as a clinical psychologist focused on the promotion and prevention of mental health through interventions aimed at building resiliency with ethnic minority youth.