I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the APA-accredited program at West Virginia University. As part of my doctoral studies, I completed an APA-accredited and APPIC- member Pre-doctoral Internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute within the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I have been a faculty member at KSU since August of 2003. During my time at KSU, I have taught graduate courses in child development, individual counseling, practicum in school psychology, and cultural diversity, among others. My scholarly interests are consistent with progressive thinking in school psychology. The following school psychology initiatives are particularly appealing to me: increased focus on prevention, school-based mental health services, enhanced involvement with parents, and training future professionals to work with diverse children and families. An overarching theme in my research pertains to improving mental health and educational services for underserved populations, including immigrant and ethnic minority children and sexual minority youth. On a personal note, I was born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Mexico (border city with California). I am professionally proficient in English and Spanish.
Progressive thinking in school psychology, An increased focus on prevention, School-based mental health services, Enhanced involvement with parents, Training future professionals to work with diverse children and families, Improving mental health and educational services for underserved populations including immigrant and ethnic minority children and sexual minority youth