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Alexandra Cupito, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - Cone Pediatric Teaching Program

Alexandra “Ali” Cupito, Ph.D., LP, HSP is a pediatric psychologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with the Cone Pediatric Teaching Program.  Dr. Cupito teaches pediatric and family medicine residents in psychological and behavioral health concepts. Dr. Cupito is particularly interested in the intersection of physical, behavioral and emotional health and health promotion and prevention. She is passionate about working with children and adolescents coping with chronic illnesses and complex medical needs. Working collaboratively with patients, families and medical providers, she provides compassionate, patient-centered care using a cultural humility perspective. She enjoys working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and provides LGBTQ-affirming care.  Her research focuses on improving interdisciplinary team communication, and coordination and quality of care for patients and families.  Dr. Cupito earned her B.A. in Psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UNCG.  She completed her predoctoral clinical internship specializing in pediatric integrated behavioral health and neuropsychology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Cupito received additional postdoctoral training in pediatric integrated care at UNC Children’s Hospital.  


Andrea Kulish, Ph.D.

Owner and Licensed Psychologist, Strong Start Psychological Services, PLLC

Andrea (Ande) Kulish-Avery, Ph.D., is the owner and a Licensed Psychologist at Strong Start Psychological Services, PLLC in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. She provides early identification and early intervention services to young children with neurodevelopmental/developmental concerns and mental/behavioral health needs. Ande completed her B.A. in Psychology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., while volunteering in rural schools in Central and South America during the summers to support the implementation of behavioral intervention programs. Ande earned her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina- Greensboro. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Early Childhood Mental Health at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, DE.


Nadia Huq, Ph.D.

Instructor of Medical Psychology  & Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University Medical Center

Nadia Huq, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Instructor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University. She is currently working for the School-Based Mental Health Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center providing clinical services for children and families in an underserved low-income community. Her research interests include acculturation conflict, ethnic identity development and psychological adjustment among Latino youth. She earned her B.A. in Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her M.A. and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at UNCG. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Children’s National Health System in Washington D.C. and her post-doctoral fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center.


Keita Christophe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at McGill University

N. Keita Christophe is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill University. He received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Keita is also a former NICHD T-32 Predoctoral Fellow at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development. Keita’s research employs developmental psychopathology and cultural developmental science perspectives to better understand factors that influence psychosocial wellbeing and healthy development among racially and ethnically minoritized youth exposed to racialized stress.


Juan Prandoni, Ph.D.

Training Director - La Mesita Mental Health Training Network - El Futuro, Inc

Juan Prandoni, M.A., is currently working at El Futuro, Inc. - a non-profit outpatient mental health clinic in Durham, NC - as their new Associate Training Director for the La Mesita Mental Health Training Network. La Mesita is a virtual networking and training project aimed at disseminating the latest research on culturally sensitive evidence-based practices for the Latinx community. Juan recently finished his pre-doctoral internship at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.  He earned his B.A. in Psychology and French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UNCG. His research focuses on identifying the need for and implementation of treatment adaptations to evidence-based practices to better serve the Latinx community.


Yesenia Mejia, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow at UC San Diego

Yesenia Mejia, Ph.D. is a post-doctoral fellow at the UC San Diego Consortium. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and then worked as a research assistant in the Culture and Mental Health Lab at the University of Southern California. Her research experiences include conducting a community mental health education program in Mexico, and working on a psychosis literacy communication campaign for Spanish-speaking Latinos. Broadly, her research interests include examining how cultural factors may influence psychopathology and developing culturally-competent assessments and treatment interventions for underserved populations.


Alex Thibeault, Ph.D.

Private practice and faculty member in San Diego, CA

Alex graduated from University of San Diego with a BA in Psychology and minors in Business Administration and Media Studies.  He subsequently taught secondary English as a Teach For America corps member in Oakland, California, where he received an MA in Education with an emphasis in Teaching.  He then earned an MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from UNCG. Predoctoral internship in health service psychology at New Mexico VA Health Care System included emphases in family psychology as well as residential substance abuse and trauma rehabilitation.  Postdoctoral residency at UC San Diego included program development in positive psychology. He also focuses clinically on testing, assessment, and evaluation. His research has included community-based collaboration and risk and protective factors in context of acculturation for migrant-origin persons, including trauma and factors related to sociocultural identity.

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Natalie Cholula, B.A.

Grad Student in Sociology at UNCG

Natalie Cholula is a first year graduate student in sociology at UNC Greensboro.  She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology concentration in Criminology at UNC Greensboro in December of 2016.  Research interests include identity formation in ethnic minority youth, the social processes used to dehumanize and criminalize immigrants and historical legislative practices used to alienate immigrants in the U.S.
Currently, she works as a Bilingual Data Collector for Early Education in Rural NC at UNC Chapel Hill; a longitudinal study evaluating policies, practices, and teacher-child relationships that promote educational success for students. 


Saraí Martinez, B.A.

Lab Manager and RA at the University of Michigan

Saraí is the lab manager for the Context of Academic + Social Adjustment lab in the department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a major in Psychology and a minor in Social work.  Before joining the CASA Lab, she worked as a lab manager and research associate in the StAR lab with Dr. Shauna Cooper at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Her research interests include strengths-based and resilience processes in minority youth, family relationships, and health disparities in minorities. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology or Social Work.


Ismael Santillano, M.A.

Case Manager at El Futuro

Ismael was born in Los Angeles, California but moved to Chapel Hill, NC when he was 5 years old. Both of his parents were born in Mexico and they raised their children to be fluent in Spanish. Ismael studied Psychology as an undergraduate at UNC-Greensboro (2013) and then got a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gardner-Webb University (2017). It has always been a goal of his to help the Latino community. It is an underserved population and he feels that he can make a difference in people’s lives. Growing up Ismael didn’t see a lot of Hispanic professionals who could serve as role models but he wants be one to the next generation. When he’s not at El Futuro Ismael loves to spend time with his daughter and wife, play soccer, watch sports, and occasionally play computer games.


Linda Guzman, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Implementation Science Fellow at Brown University

Linda is a first-year post-doctoral research fellow in the Brown Research on Implementation and Dissemination to Guide Evidence Use program. She completed her B.A. in psychology at UNCG and her master’s and PH.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Her research focuses on help-seeking behaviors for treating depression in Latine communities.

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Gabriel McNair, B.A.

PhD student in Clinical Psychology at DePaul University

Gabriel is a second-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Gabriel received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Gabriel’s primary research interests are ever-developing, but include culture, risk/resilience, family processes, physical activity and systemic stressors among ethnically diverse youth and families. He is currently studying how systemic stressors impact the effects of sports participation on behavioral health and academic achievement.


Rosa Toledo, M.S.W.

Bilingual Outpatient Therapist at El Futuro

Rosa Toledo, MSW, LCSW is a bilingual outpatient therapist at El Futuro, inc. Rosa works with the marginalized latinx population of all ages. Rosa has assisted clients with depression, anxiety, acculturation stressors, survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual abuse survivors, and parents wanting to learn parenting strategies for behavioral challenges their children have. Rosa works with with clients using various modalities such as Cognitive behavioral informed therapy, trauma informed therapy, Dialectical behavioral informed therapy, and Cognitive processing informed therapy. 


Alina M. Herrera, B.A.

Office Support V to School Support Officers at Guilford County Schools

Alina was born in Paterson, NJ and raised in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she graduated high school in 2007. She graduated with an A.S. in Psychology at Guilford Technical Community College before obtaining her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at UNCG in 2014. She then served as an AmeriCorps member for two consecutive years with FaithAction International House as an Immigrant Assistance Center Coordinator. Currently, she works at Guilford County Schools assisting 3 School Support Officers that oversee a total of 32 schools. Her future plans are to pursue her Masters in Social Work.


Camila A. Pulgar, M.S.

PhD Student at  UNCG Counseling and Counselor Education

Camila A. Pulgar is a first-year Doctoral student in the Counseling Education and Counselor Education program the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Camila was born in Santiago, Chile. She has lived in Winston Salem since 2004. Camila is a Latinx and bilingual therapist working in Winston–Salem, NC.  She received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in May and her LPCA in August of 2016. Her continued work and engagement with the Latinx community is key to her passion for increasing the access of underserved communities to mental health resources in the mental health and research field.


Daphne Hill, M.Ed.

PhD Student in School Psychology at Texas A&M University

Daphne Hill a second year graduate student in the School Psychology doctoral program at Texas A&M. She will have obtained a M.Ed in December, and in May 2022 a Ph. D. in School Psychology. Her research interests are in resiliency and self-regulation. She is currently working on a project concerning model minority myths and how that affects Chinese American adolescents’ well-being. She enjoys learning about all cultures and bringing awareness to the mental health of everyone.


Yubisela Sandoval, B.A.

Administrative, Communications,
Marketing Specialist at UNCG

Yubisela is the youngest of four, born in Mexico and raised in the U.S. She currently resides in Greensboro and works as the Administrative, Communications, Marketing Specialist for the Office of Planned Giving at UNC Greensboro. Yubi earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at UNC Greensboro in December 2017. Her short term plans are to apply to graduate school and obtain her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and become a LPCA. She is a co-founder of Let’s Learn Triad, an organization that advocates for in-State Tuition equity and promotes avenues for higher education for all North Carolina students without regard of immigration status. She is a current board member of the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford

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