Mental Health Services Bios
Anjali Alimchandani earned her MA in public policy from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling psychology at New York University. Her priority is to address substance abuse problems within the larger context of mental health promotion and mental illness prevention and treatment with at-risk populations of color.
Angela 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.
Meridith 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.
Jeannie Celestial is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where she earned her MS in clinical psychology in 2012. Her specialties include Filipino and Filipino American mental health, veteran psychology, integrated primary and behavioral health care integration, mindfulness and meditation, clinical neuropsychology and cross-cultural neuropsychology.
Dana 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.
Candice Crowell graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with an MS in professional counseling. She is now pursuing a PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia. Her areas of specialty include sexual health and cross cultural training and practice.
M. Cristina Cruza-Guet
M. Cristina 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 specialize clinically 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 and peer-based interventions for them.
Vanessa Durand started pursuing a doctoral degree in school psychology at Duquesne University in 2010, after receiving her BA at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire that same year. Her focus lies in adolescent risk behavior (i.e., sexual activity and substance use), vulnerable populations, behavior/counseling interventions and special education.
Cindy 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 (GSAPP). 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.
Michelle 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, 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.
Jennie Fretts received her MA in psychology from the New School for Social Research in 2009. In the same year, she began pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Montana. She is interested in cross-cultural psychology, American Indians, body images, eating disorders and health psychology.
Pura Garcia-Serrablo graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico in 2008 with a master's degree in counseling psychology. In 2008, she enrolled at Ponce School of Medicine and Health where she is currently studying for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She is most interested in neuropsychology, cognitive decline, substance abuse, neurodevelopmental disorders and health psychology.
Daniel Gaztambide attended Union Theological Seminary, where he earned his MA in psychiatry and religion. He began a doctoral program at Rutgers University in 2009 in clinical psychology. He is interested in microaggressions in psychotherapy, rupture and repair processes and their relation to treatment outcome and drop-out with ethnic minorities, liberation theology and psychology, relational psychoanalysis, psychotherapy integration, psychology of religion and spirituality, ethnic identity development, treatment of complex trauma and depression, political philosophy and psychoanalysis and social justice.
David Hoskins (postdoctoral fellow) received his PsyD from the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University in 2012, and he currently holds a postdoctoral position at the University of California, San Francisco. His primary goals are to enhance protective factors and address trauma with communities of color. He also aims to contribute to the existing research and social policy on culturally sensitive interventions.
Jennifer Hsia received her MS in biological sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. She entered the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of South Dakota in 2009. She is interested in increasing access to mental health services in rural communities, particularly for ethnic minority populations in these areas, and in issues involving ethnic minority children and their families.
Gihane Jeremie-Brink (policy fellow) received her MA in community counseling from Loyola University Chicago in 2010. She is also currently pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling psychology at Loyola. She is especially interested in treatment for trauma, outreach and preventive interventions with at-risk youth in urban settings, racial socialization of youth in African American and black immigrant populations, coping and resilience, and acculturation and enculturation processes.
Eduardo 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.
Hugh Love, Jr.
Hugh Love, Jr. earned his MA in counseling for mental health and wellness from New York University in 2010. He is currently studying at Fordham University in pursuit of a doctoral degree in school psychology. His studies are focused on gender roles and masculinity, minority adolescents, coping styles and resilience, and sexual risk behavior.
Hyo Ju (Jackie) Kim
Hyo Ju (Jackie) 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.
Michaela 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.
Zorash 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.
Oswaldo Moreno received his MA in psychology from Clark University in 2012 and is pursuing a PhD at the same institution. He is most interested in minority mental health and depression.
Della 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.
Jennifer Alexis Ortiz
Jennifer Alexis Ortiz earned her MS in psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2010. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology from the same institution. She is interested in Latino health disparities, stress and coping, application of mindfulness to Latino populations and resilience.
Reginald Riggins attended the University of Illinois-Chicago and received his MPH in 2009, and he is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Jackson State University. He is strongly committed to providing psychological treatment for populations suffering from co-morbid (e.g. mental and physical) conditions.
WanmdiWi Rose graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in psychology and is pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota. Her primary interests are adjustment therapy for the visually impaired and psychotherapy.
Elizabeth Terrazas-Carillo attended Midwestern State University, where she earned her MA in clinical psychology in 2007. She is currently enrolled at the University of Oklahoma where is pursuing a doctoral degree in educational psychology. Her areas of interest include ethnic minorities and mental health, international student adjustment and personality assessment with ethnic minorities.
Jessica 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.
Angel 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.
Michele Vella-Healey (policy fellow) attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for her MS in journalism, The City College of New York for her MA in Spanish, and Lehigh University for her MEd in counseling and human services. She is currently enrolled at Lehigh University, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling psychology. Her interests include domestic and international mental and physical healthcare disparities in ethnic and racial minority populations including concomitant substance abuse and psychiatric issues and HIV/hepatitis C risk behaviors (infectious disease) with special emphasis on psychological adjustment and resiliency in environments affected by war and/or poverty and the psychological aspects of international peace and war.
Shannen 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.
Henry 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.