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NICOLAS LAPIDO

Assistant Director of Outreach/Co-Chair, LTF

Nicolas was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and moved to the United States at the age of eight. One of the biggest reasons his family relocated was to give his sister and him the best chance possible of getting an education. He is a first-generation college graduate and he is passionate about, and committed to, empowering our Latinx community. There are doors that only an education can open, and he wants to help others navigate that process- he knows what it’s like to be the first person in your family to ever attempt to do so, having limited support and zero prior knowledge. He believes education should be accessible to all and wants to do all he can to make that a reality. 

 
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JACKIE GRAPA

Graduate Student/Co-Chair, LTF

Jackie is a second-year student in the master’s in Counseling Program at PAU. She grew up in Mexico City, where she completed her undergraduate studies in pedagogy. She moved to California, where she completed her master’s degree in Instructional Technology at San Jose State. She is passionate about working with immigrants and improving access to education and health care for the Latinx community and other minority groups. She is interested in how culture influences personality and behavior in the individuality of each person. She is currently doing her internship at Family Connections, where she provides counseling in Spanish and English. Starting in the fall, she will also be at CHAC’s Latinx Training Program, where she is excited to continue working with the Latinx community.

 
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BLANCA PINEDA, ED.D.

Research Project Manager for i4Health

Dr. Blanca Pineda joined Palo Alto University and the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health) in March 2018. Prior to joining PAU, she worked at Stanford University for several years. She is bilingual (English/Spanish) and is interested in using internet interventions and digital technologies to enhance learning outcomes in psychology and education. She is a former Chair of the Latinx Task Force.

 
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ALINNE Z. BARRERA, PH.D.

Professor
Associate Director at the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health)

Alinne Barrera, PhD is a California licensed clinical psychologist. Her scholarly work is focused on depression prevention, intervention adaptations, and the use of technology to deliver maternal mental health resources. As a trainee, she built a strong foundation in the detection and treatment of major depression using standardized measures and evidence-based interventions and now primarily works with Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities. During the past 15 years Dr. Barrera has dedicated her research program to adapting and empirically testing internet and SMS versions of the Mothers and Babies Course/Curso Mamás y Bebés (MB), a prevention of postpartum depression intervention. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

 
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RICARDO F. MUÑOZ, PH.D.

Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology and Founding Director, Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health: http://i4health.paloaltou.edu/)

Professor Muñoz immigrated from Perú to San Francisco's Mission District in 1961. His bachelor’s degree is from Stanford University (1972) and his masters and doctorate from the University of Oregon in Eugene (1977). He was professor of psychology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) from 1977 to 2012, transitioning to Emeritus Professor in June, 2012, when he joined PAU.  At UCSF, he was Chief Psychologist at San Francisco General Hospital and Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program. Dr. Muñoz specializes in interventions for low-income and Latino populations, including depression prevention and treatment interventions and worldwide digital interventions.

 
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KAREN ROLLER, PH.D.

Associate Professor

Karen Roller, PhD, MFT, FAAETS, DNCCM, CT, CFT, CSCR, is a Clinical Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Therapist. She served the foster care and migrant communities of Santa Cruz County for 15 years; has worked in juvenile detention diversion programs addressing disproportionate minority confinement; and is currently Clinical Coordinator at Family Connections in Redwood City, a parent-involvement preschool serving the migrant community of San Mateo County.  In collaboration with Global Trauma Research, she is performing trauma training and outcome research in Haiti. She is Secretary for the United States Association of Body Psychotherapy, and an Associate Professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Palo Alto University.

 
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EDUARDO BUNGE, PH.D.

Professor, M.S. Program Director

Dr. Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D., Professor, is the MS. Program Director, and core faculty of the Department of Psychology at PAU. His research encompasses the intersection of technology and mental health services with a focus on improving mental health awareness in developing countries in Latin America. He also serves as the Director of the Children and Adolescents Psychotherapy and Technology (CAPT) Research Lab. Associate Director for the Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health). Being a trilingual professional Dr. Bunge published 5 clinical books in 3 languages and taught classes in English, Spanish, and Portuguese throughout the Americas (at least 7 countries). Additionally, Dr. Bunge has more than 50 publications, including published articles in peer reviewed journals  and chapters. Finally, Dr. Bunge has been been director of two clinical training programs in Argentina and have taught more than 19 Graduate Courses and Seminars in Latin America (including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Panama, Paraguay, Peru).

 
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ELISABET REVILLA, PH.D.

Clinical Latina Director

Elisabet Revilla, originally from Argentina, is a California licensed clinical psychologist specializing in multicultural and community psychology with an emphasis on Latinx Spanish-speaking immigrants. 
As a specialty clinic at the Gronowski Center, Clínica Latina started in 2014 and serves primarily Latix clients. Bilingual/Spanish doctoral students from PAU and the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium complete a one-year clinical rotation as part of their clinical training.
Dr. Revilla’s clinical expertise and research interests are on multicultural clinical supervision and training, acculturation, immigrant families, depression, anxiety, and trauma within the immigration/acculturation context.

 
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MARTHA HERNÁNDEZ, PH.D.

Clinical Supervisor, Gronowski Center – Clínica Latina

Dr. Hernández joined Clínica Latina at the Grownowki Center in 2017. She earned her B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles and both her masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles.  Dr. Hernández is the Family Support Services Manager at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford where she created and implemented a Spanish Track which includes Spanish supervision and didactics for trainees, and training to trainees working with chronically ill children and their families. Dr. Hernández is an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University’s MFT-Latino Emphasis program and maintains a private practice providing psychotherapy and conducting psychological immigration evaluations. Lastly, Dr. Hernández is Vice President of Public Interest and Diversity of APA’s Division 43 – Society for Couple and Family Psychology.

 
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YANIRE (YANI) PUENTES

Executive Assistant to President Maureen O’Connor

Yani, originally from Colombia, is an experienced Executive Assistant with over 20 years of administrative experience. She graduated Baruch College in New York with a degree of Business Administration. She has worked in several fields including Wall Street and the most recent at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms.

 
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AERIELL ARMAS, B.A.

3rd Year Ph.D. Student, Clinical Psychology Program

Aeriell Armas is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at PAU. Originally from New York City, Aeriell graduated from The City College of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Women’s Studies. Her current clinical and research interests are in Latinx mental health, with a focus on intimate partner violence in the Latinx community. Aeriell has completed a clinical practicum at the Clinica Latina within the Gronowski Center at PAU, where she worked with Spanish- and English-speaking therapy clients of Latinx descent. She is now completing her third-year practicum at Safe Alternative to Violent Environments (SAVE), working directly with women and families exposed to domestic violence. In her spare time, Aeriell is passionate about serving current and future first-generation graduate students by providing access to information related to higher education.

 
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ROSALVA MEJIA

2nd Year M.S. Student

Rosalva is a 2nd year Master’s Student in the Master’s of Science in Psychology program. She was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her undergrad. While volunteering as a student assistant for the UCLA Resilience in Your Student Experience (RISE) Task Force and later employed as the Program Administrative Assistant of the UCLA RISE Center, she became interested in psychological resilience and mental health. Rosalva will be continuing into PAU’s Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology program after she earns her Master’s degree and aims to utilize online-based platforms as a method to promote resilience-based interventions and anxiety/depression prevention treatments for Latinx and other underrepresented communities.