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My interest in psychology began when I was participating in a Chicano mural project in San Diego. I was curious about why some families would discourage their children from studying art or cultural expression. This eventually led me to study cognition and communication at UC San Diego then Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard I had an advisor who taught courses on Culture and Personality from a Neo-Freudian perspective. This provided further motivation to understand the links between ethnicity, gender, and class in relation to social structures and cultural practices.
Upon returning to California I took a position as an Associate Researcher at UCLA and then pursued a MA in clinical psychology at a small school that was based on psychodynamic and object relations theory. I have worked with victims of torture, children, adolescents and adults. Currently I remain active in the area of Latino mental health and I also work with creative professionals regarding mental health issues.
- Education History
Degree Institution B.A. Communication Arts UC San Diego M.Ed. Human Development and Psychology Harvard University MA College of Developmental Studies, Los Angeles Ed. D. Human Development and Psychology Harvard University
- Professional Memberships
Role Organization Member American Psychological Association Division 39-Psychoanalytic Psychology Member California Latino Psychological Association Member CAMFT Member OC-CAMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
- Community Involvement
Role Organization Co-Founder and Former Board of Directors California Latino Psychological Association Core Artists Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton, CA
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Career/Workplace Issues Career Counseling Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Anxiety Disorders Mood Affective Disorders / Suicide Diversity Community Mental Health Cultural Issues Marriage & Family Couples Counseling Family Therapy Parenting Psychology Subdisciplines - Marriage and Family Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Hysterical blindness and the ideology of denial: Psychosocial considerations of resistance to multicultural education. In Ideologies in education: Unmasking the trap of teacher neutrality. Bartolomé, L. (Ed.) (2007). Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. NY Mexican repatriates and mental health: Silent wounds and unanswered echoes Communiqué. A Publication of the Office of Minority and Ethnic Affairs. American Psychological Association. February 2002.
Collaborative Course Assessment and Modification: A Case Study in Progress With Leslie Reese, Ph.D.; John Attinasi, Ph.D.; and Olga Rubio Ph.D. Workshop presented at the 5th Annual CSU Fullerton Assessment Conference March, 2001.
Confronting the demarcation of resistance: A social-cognitive study of instructors' experiences at five California State Universities. National Association of Multicultural Educators Conference, San Diego, California 1999
Psychosocial issues in the development of prejudice and discrimination Meeting on common ground: A conference on refugee and immigrant children's education. San Diego State University, San Diego, California 1998
Borderline identity: Psychocultural resistance to the spectacle of ethnicity. Exterior /Interior Borders Conference Department of Languages and Literatures Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. April, 1998.
The voices of anti-bias peer trainers: Their struggle against racism and hate. With Lucia Rodriguez, Ed.D. American Education Research Association National Conference. San Diego California. April, 1997
Preventing ethnic bias and promoting respect in diverse classrooms. With Marjorie Green MS. Project presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Social Sciences. Cincinnati Ohio. November, 1997.
Identity, disfigurement and Chicano cultures mid-life crisis: Issues of dominance and resistance. Paper presented at New Perspectives on Chicano Culture. UCLA May 1997
- Professional Skills
aging , anger, anxiety, career counseling, cognitive/cognitive behavioral therapy, community mental health, couples counseling, creativity, cultural issues, depression, diversity issues, family therapy, identity development, immigration/immigrant populations, Latino psychology, leadership, marriage and family therapy, mental illness, multicultural training, parenting, personality disorders, political advocacy, pop culture, psychoanalysis, psychopathology, psychotherapy, racism, relationships/dating, stress, work/life balance, workplace issues