annaAnna (Hall) Ying I’m interested in mental health disparities, barriers to treatment, mental health stigma, culturally responsive interventions, and Asian American mental health. Anna is currently on internship at the Bedford VA.

TsotsowebsiteTsotso Ablorh  I am interested in researching how to reduce mental health disparities for people in marginalized groups through the application of new therapeutic techniques and modifications to culturally sensitive approaches. Specifically, I study the experiences in therapy of clients who belong to marginalized groups and their perceptions of therapist behaviors. I am interested in how therapeutic dyads and the development of therapeutic alliances may be influenced by privilege and oppression.

Amelia-Yang-Baby-PhotoAmelia Yang  My research interests are in understanding the sociopolitical and culture influences on behavioral health outcomes for underrepresented populations in psychological research, especially Asian Americans. I am also interested in adapting treatments for anxiety disorders for these populations, and working towards a model of mental healthcare that provides accessible and effective treatments.

Cheyenne Ashley I am interested in understanding the psychological effects (e.g., generalized anxiety disorder) of traumatic events, as well as identifying effective treatments. Further, I want to examine the cultural and contextual factors of trauma in efforts to address mental health disparities, and provide better mental health support for people from marginalized communities.

Elizabeth Auguste I am interested in the impact of multi-tiered discrimination on the mental health of those with intersectional marginalized identities and their positions within systemic frameworks. With this work as a contextual backdrop, I am interested in 1) mechanisms that mediate anxiety and related disorders, 2) culturally responsive mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions, and 3) resilience and protective factors in response to stigma and oppression.

 

Ana Gonzalez I am interested in identifying the facilitative ingredients of mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies to achieve healthy regulation of unpleasant emotions in underserved populations. I am invested in disseminating and promoting self-awareness alongside effective emotion regulation to build a more resilient, peaceful, and healthier society.