LATINX TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Steering Committee Members
Alinne Barrera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, PAU Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Associate Director, Institute for International Internet Interventions for Health (i4Health)
Alinne Barrera, PhD’s scholarly work is focused on depression prevention, intervention adaptations, and the use of technology to deliver maternal mental health services and resources. She is drawn to working with Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities and cultivated a clinical expertise with this population while a predoctoral intern at San Francisco General Hospital/University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Barrera completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her doctoral degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a bilingual/bicultural California licensed clinical psychologist, and an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training.
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.
Eduardo Bunge, Ph.D.
Dr. Eduardo Bunge is a trilingual psychologist (Spanish/English/Portuguese). He currently is an adjunct faculty at Palo Alto University. Dr. Bunge earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Palermo, Buenos Aires. Dr. Bunge teaches in the M.A. in Counseling Psychology Program (Online and Residential).
Karen Roller, Ph.D.
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 Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Palo Alto University.
Elisabet Revilla, Ph.D.
Clínica 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.
Martha Hernández, Ph.D.
Clinical Supervisor, Gronowski Center – La Clínica Latina
Dr. Hernández joined La 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.
Daniela San Martin, Psy.D.
Dr. Daniela San Martin graduated as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist from the Catholic University of Chile in 2000. She emigrated from Chile to the U.S. in 2002 to pursue a Clinical Psychology degree at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University Counseling and Psychological Services starting in 2007. In 2010 Dr. San Martin started psychoanalytic training at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis with a particular interest in Diversity and Psychoanalysis and was part of the Committee on Ethnicity, Race, Culture, Class and Language. Dr. San Martin currently lives in Palo Alto where she has a private practice. She is a former supervisor at La Clinica Latina at the Gronowski Center.
Research Project Coordinator for i4Health
Sara received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) where she was a research assistant in the Family Development Lab. Her experiences include examining the development of psychopathology during the transition into parenthood and leading independent research projects focused on depression among couples transitioning into parenthood. Sara volunteered as a research assistant in the Latin@ Mental Health and Treatment Outcomes (LMHT) helping translate a written Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment manual to be used among Spanish-speaking populations. At UNL she was part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program. Sara’s research interests are in depression among low-income populations. She hopes to learn more about the use of technology to reduce mental health care barriers faced by low-income populations.
LTF STUDENT MEMBERS
Psy.D. Student Assistant
Audrey Cortesi is a third year in the Psy.D. program. She was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She is drawn to working with children and families. Audrey is interested in increasing access to therapy by providing services in Spanish and American Sign Language. She completed a clinical rotation conducting psychotherapy with Spanish-speaking and bilingual individuals at La Clínica Latina. She hopes that her involvement in the LTF will aid in creating positive change on a broad, institutional level as well as promote diversity and inclusion within PAU and the community at large.
Margareth V. Del Cid
Ph.D. Student Representative
Maggie is a fifth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. She received her BA from Brandeis University, and MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Daughter of Guatemalan immigrants and first-generation graduate student, she is dedicated to mitigating the effects of social inequity through the promotion of culturally humble mental health care and social advocacy. She has worked with marginalized populations exposed to complex trauma, discrimination, and chronic stress. In 2017, Maggie was awarded the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship.
Undergraduate Student Assistant
Nicollette is a second year undergraduate student at PAU. Sh was born and raised in East San Jose, California. By joining the PAU LTF, she hopes to help students by introducing them to the LTF or providing information to community members about regarding the benefits of the LTF. Her short-term goal is to finish and graduate from PAU, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Psychology. After graduation, she will attend graduate school to earn her MBA. She hopes to help students attain their goals and through PAU LTF involvement hopes to reach out to communities to increase knowledge about higher education.
Ph.D. Student Representative
Florencia is currently a third year Ph.D. Student in the forensic track at Palo Alto University. Originally from Bolivia she moved to the United States to pursue a bachelor of science in psychology at the University of New Orleans. Florencia has experience providing mental health treatment to people in both English and Spanish. She currently works at the HOPE Program, where she provides both individual and group therapy services for the rehabilitation of sex offenders. Florencia is interested in pursuing research that integrates both of her interests in forensics and the Latino population.
Ph.D. Student Representative
Jazmin Llamas is a first generation college student. She is the daughter of immigrant parents. She is a PhD student at Palo Alto University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is interested in working with the Latinx population to advocate for the creation and implementation of new treatments and services. She strives to provide psychoeducation to the Latinx population to destigmatize mental health disorders and illnesses to encourage Latinx individuals to seek help. She aims to continue to advocate for the Latinx community and hopes to gain new supporters for this ongoing process.
Mercedes Palacios, LMFT
Ph.D. Student Assistant
Mercedes is a second year Ph.D. student in the Child Trauma Emphasis. She comes from a Mexican and Guatemalan background and was raised in South Central Los Angeles. She is interested in working with Latinx children and families who experience tremendous barriers when attempting to obtain services due to socioeconomic status, language barriers, and stigma associated with mental health. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a student assistant in the Latinx Task Force, she is dedicated to assist PAU in gaining designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and assisting in efforts to recruit more Latinx staff, faculty, and students.
Ph.D. Student Representative
Reyna received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, she is working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family. Reyna’s long-term goal is to be a culturally competent clinician and provide both Spanish and English services to the Latinx community.
Masters Student Assistant
Edit Vidalon, is originally from Peru and graduated from the University of Massachusetts with honors in Psychology. She is a graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program at Palo Alto University. She specializes in working with addictions and the Latino community. She has worked in many nonprofit organizations with immigrants, refugees, young people and parents from diverse cultural backgrounds. The National Board for Certified Counselors awarded her a fellowship for her work with people from diverse backgrounds in the U.S. and Latin America. Additional information about her work and available resources can be found at vidalonaddiction.com.
ADDITIONAL FOUNDING MEMBERS
Serenity Serseción Ph.D.
Dr. Serseción is a genderqueer, Latinx, bilingual, Puerto Rican, and clinical psychologist. They currently work at Palo Alto University as an adjunct faculty, clinical supervisor at the Sexual and Gender Identities Clinic, and as a student advisor. As a clinical supervisor, they have an evidence-based and multicultural framework with their student therapist supervisees. As an adjunct lecturer, they focus on teaching many multicultural topics such as cross-cultural psychology, the psychology of gender and community mental health; in addition to integrating multicultural topics into all their courses. Dr. Serseción also has a private practice in Sunnyvale focusing on people of color, sexual and gender minorities, and people in various other subcultures. Clinical focuses are depression, anxiety, trauma, and dissociation.
Sita G. Patel
Dr. Sita G. Patel is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. Dr. Patel directs the Culture, Community, and Global Mental Health Research Group. Her research focuses on risk and resiliency, culture and context as they relate to immigrant mental health. She uses mixed-methods and community-partnership methods to study acculturation stress, immigration trauma, psychological, social, and academic adjustment, and access to treatment for mental illness among immigrant and minority populations. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications on immigrant mental health, including an edited book called Psychotherapy for Immigrant Youth.
Adriana is a 3rd year student in the PhD Clinical Psychology program at Palo Alto University. Her clinical interests include the use of mindfulness and meditation practices with those in the Latinx population, namely those with serious mental health issues or those that face discrimination due to being a part of a gender, sexual, or ethnic minority group. She is currently employed at an agency that serves those affected by sexual trauma in the Tri-Valley community and in Santa Rita Jail.
Sierra K. Shumate, M.S.
Sierra Shumate is a fourth-year Ph.D. student from the Big Island of Hawaii. She began learning Spanish in sixth grade and has continued with it ever since. She is in the forensic emphasis at PAU and has completed clinical placements at La Clinica Latina and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her most recent rotation is at San Quentin State Prison. Her career goal is to work as a bilingual, board-certified forensic psychologist and expert witness.
Joanna Servin is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University within the Child and Family emphasis. She is committed to empower underserved and understudied populations through her research and clinical work. Her clinical interests include Latinx mental health, mood disorders and suicidal behavior among youth, trauma among immigrant populations, and neuropsychological assessment of neurodevelopmental and learning disorders. My research interests include the dissemination and implementation of culturally informed evidence-based treatments for underserved populations and improving mental health literacy among children and families.
Itzel is a 3rd-year in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PAU. She is in the Diversity and Community Mental Health and the LGBTQ Areas of Emphases at PAU. Itzel's research interests include the experiences of sexual minority people of color. Itzel's dissertation focuses on identifying resilience factors that help promote positive mental health outcomes and well-being in Latinx LGBTQ individuals. Her clinical interest is in working with underserved and marginalized communities. Itzel is particularly interested in working with immigrants who have experienced trauma.
Additional Founding Members:
Ana Castrillo, Fernando Galeano, Jo Harvey, Lynn Walde, Jorge Wong, Pati Cabrera, Nora Marquez, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Tiffany Anderson, Ashley Elefant Baratz , Marta Gonzalez Catalan, Jessica Hopkins, Joseph Nijmeh, Victor Rios, Marissa Vasquez, Kristina Mendez, Chloe Russell, Flor Escobar-Rojas, Lorena Velazquez, Charles Martinez, Jessica Gutierrez , Sigrid Erro, Janelle Rojas, Victoria Gonzalez, Humberto Campos, Rosanna Peña, Marco Varillas-Prentice, Yuliana Lara