Ali is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Children’s Hospital. She works with the UNC Inpatient Pediatric Consultation Liaison program providing care to children, adolescents and families experiencing acute and chronic medical illness. She also works in integrated outpatient subspecialty clinics, supervises psychology interns and practicum students, and participates in quality improvement research projects. Her research interests include cultural risk and resilience processes in Latinx families, familial cultural values, and reducing health disparities. She earned her B.A. in Psychology The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, her PhD in Clinical Psychology at UNCG and her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Duke University Medical Center Pediatric Track.
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.
Juan Prandoni, M.A.
Associate 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.Currently, his research is focused on understanding how different factors are typically associated with immigrant Latino populations can help/hinder the development of therapeutic alliance as well as affect direct outcomes in therapy.
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.
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, B.A.
PhD Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arkansas
Linda is a second-year graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Arkansas. She completed her B.A. in psychology at UNCG. Her research focuses on help-seeking behaviors for the treatment of depression in Latinx communities.
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.
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