I have been a professor in the Psychology Department at Utah State University since 2000. My research focuses on family processes in Spanish-speaking Latinx families and more broadly on multicultural issues in psychology.
My research on Latinx families started in earnest with NIMH K01 grant. I culturally adapted GenerationPMTO for Latinx families with early school-age children. The specific manual is titled Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonia y Superación (CAPAS). Since the Logan implementation, CAPAS and/or CAPAS-based interventions have been implemented in Mexico City (Amador Buenabad, PI) and Michigan (Parra-Cadona, PI) with strong results. I also collaborated with Iris Educational Media to develop and implement Padres Preparados, a preventive parenting intervention for Spanish-speaking parents of preschool aged children. Padres Preparados is also a GenerationPMTO intervention. In addition to working to support families, I collaborated to test the implementation of a GenerationPMTO training in university settings using distance education technology (Baumann, PI) with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable model for dissemination of evidence-based interventions.
My work in broader multicultural issues has spanned research on substance use and abuse, microaggressions, and training. I am currently collaborating with colleagues on a HRSA-funded project, Pipeline to Diversity, to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse students into the Physician Assistant Studies program at Idaho State University. Pipeline to Diversity also targets linguistic and cultural competence of currently enrolled students with the ultimate goal of improving access to medical services for marginalized populations.
I have received excellent, caring, and long-term mentoring from top-notch scholars. I believe in the importance of mentoring and service to advancing the field of psychology. I am past president of the National Latinx Psychological Association (2015 – 2017) and of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology (2017 – 2020). At USU, I serve as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (2012 - present). I am a proud "Ally on Campus" and participate actively to advance diversity and inclusion at USU.
I am a licensed psychologist (Utah). I completed my doctoral degree at Colorado State University in 1999. There I trained at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research. I completed my clinical child internship at the University of Washington Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Family Research Consortium – III. For my postdoc, I received joint mentorship from Drs. Ana Mari Cauce (University of Washington) and Marion Forgatch (Oregon Social Learning Center). I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I live in Logan, UT and have two children.Research Interests: Latinx mental health, parenting, cultural adaptation, cultural competence, multicultural psychology, & ethics