Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley Clinical Psychology
Research and Teaching Interests
Currently, my research utilizes the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) paradigm to work with communities that have historically been marginalized in society due to a number of factors including but not limited to ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. CBPR seeks to work collaboratively with community members in a manner that is truly participatory thereby sharing power and resources. CBPR takes a perspective of recognizing community expertise in addition to academic expertise. Ideally, this work demonstrates co-learning, insuring that all members learn from each other. Finally, CBPR is typically action-oriented. It is my belief that research should lead to work that makes differences in the community.
My work typically connects our research teams with community-based organizations (CBOs) providing service to community members. My expectation is that my research students will engage in service AND research. I am particularly interested in partnerships with CBOs that address factors that impact mental health. I am also interested in collaborative efforts that empower youth, families and communities.