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GABRIELA LIVAS STEIN, PH.D.

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR 

Gabriela Livas Stein, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology at UNCG. Dr. Stein received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in child and family psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at University of California, San Diego/VA Consortium followed by a postdoctoral fellowship position at Duke University. Broadly, her research uses developmental psychopathology and cultural-ecological frameworks to investigate the impact of culturally relevant factors on the development of psychopathology for minoritized youth and their families. Dr. Stein’s program of research revolves around three themes: (1) understanding the role of familial cultural values in Latinx families and their impact on the development of Latinx youth, (2) identifying individual risk and protective processes for Latinx and other minoritized youth when facing cultural stressors (e.g., discrimination, acculturative stress), and (3) improving mental health treatment access for Latinx families in community mental health. Dr. Stein has been funded by NIMH, PCORI, and NIDA.

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YESENIA MEJIA, M.A.

GRADUATE STUDENT

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Yesenia Mejia, M.A., is a sixth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program currently on internship 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. Currently, her research is focused on examining academic and mental health trajectories in Latinx adolescents. 

PUJA PATEL, M.SC.

GRADUATE STUDENT

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Puja Patel, MSc., is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from Meredith College (2014) and her Masters in Global Health from Duke University (2018). Her research interests include immigrant family units and parent-child communication and how these interactions contribute to youth and parent outcomes. She is also interested in the development and implementation of intervention research as it applied to the immigrant population in the community. 

N. KEITA CHRISTOPHE, M.A.

GRADUATE STUDENT

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Keita Christophe, M.A., is a fourth-year graduate student in the psychology doctoral program and a second year NICHD T32 Predoctoral Fellow at the Carolina Consortium for Human Development. He completed his B.A. in Psychology from Washington College in the spring of 2017. Keita’s current research interests include examining identity and socialization processes in minority youth, with a particular interest in the potential interplay between cultural protective factors and different coping styles in protecting youth against the negative impact of discrimination. Another line of Keita’s research focuses on understanding ethnic-racial socialization, identity, and psychological adjustment in Multiracial youth. 

JOSEPH SIRCAR, M.A.

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Joseph Sircar, M.A., is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. He earned his B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. After undergraduate, Joseph spent 5 years conducting applied research with a  health equity lens for Frontline Solutions, where he led projects for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation, and others. He is interested in how culture, religiosity, and family systems impact depression and substance-use in communities of color.

MICHELE CHAN, M.A.

GRADUATE STUDENT

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Michele Chan, M.A., is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She earned her B.A in psychology and biology (2013) from the University of Georgia and her M.A in psychology (2018) from Wake Forest University. Previously, Michele investigated the role of ethnic identity in Asian American adolescents’ relationships and multiracial identity integration. She is interested in how ethnic racial socialization informs ethnic-racial identification for multiracial individuals. Additional topics of research interest include: protective barriers for discrimination, and the psychosocial adjustment of minority and underserved populations.

VALERIE SALCIDO, M.ED.

GRADUATE STUDENT

    Valerie Salcido, M.Ed., is a first-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program.She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Amherst College in 2017 and a M.Ed in Prevention Research from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2018. Previously, she worked as a project coordinator for a randomized clinical trial that tested the efficacy of a family-focused prevention program among Latinx children and families living in disadvantaged settings. Her current interests include studying culturally-relevant risk and protective factors pertinent to the mental health of Latinx youth. Additionally, she is interested in research that utilizes strength-based approaches to promote cultural assets in ethnic minority families.

    UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

    Current undergraduate students: Samantha Alvarado, Natalie Cholula, Shykira Farmer, Rosa Guzman Santos, Jayla Ingram, Anthony Juarez, Jasmine Lauture, Jocelyn Little, Dennise Lopez, Myles Metcalf, and Gabrielle Morris.

    We have PSY 433 students every semester who help with data collection, data analyses, participate in weekly lab meetings, and volunteer with underserved communities. Students can also conduct their own research and present at local, regional, and national conferences. We have had many students conduct URSCO projects as well as participate in fellowship and programs supporting undergraduate research endeavors.

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