Featured Psychologist: Teresa LaFramboise, PhD
Teresa LaFromboise, PhD, is a professor of development and psychological science in the graduate school of education at Stanford University. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Her research is concerned with helping ethnic minority students survive acculturation pressure, cultural adjustment, discrimination, major life transitions and other stresses that are so typical — and so often neglected — in children and adolescents. As a counseling psychologist with clinical and teaching experience in a wide variety of university and American Indian reservation settings, LaFromboise is well-equipped to guide new professionals in school and community based counseling interventions. She is the developer of the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum of problem-based lessons aimed at increasing social emotional competence and reducing the risk of suicide among American Indian adolescents. Proven successful with high school students, this curriculum is being extended to younger students and evaluated in a multi-site effectiveness study. She is also investigating cultural, social, and psychological indicators of adolescent risk behavior. Her current research is focused on the impact of enculturation and acculturation stress on American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) adolescent mental health and well-being.