TsotsowebsiteTsotso Ablorh I research ways to reduce mental health disparities for people facing discrimination through culturally congruent therapeutic techniques and measuring clinician effectiveness. I use Afrocentric philosophies and practices to reduce barriers for people of recent and distant African descent, study clients’ perceptions of therapist behaviors, and develop measurements of clinicians cultural responsiveness more tied to clients outcomes. I am especially interested in providing supportive spaces for intersectionally marginalized people by addressing how systemic privilege and oppression influence the therapeutic alliance.

 

Cheyenne Ashley I am interested in understanding the psychological effects (e.g., post-traumatic stress 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.

Ana González-Garzón 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.

 

Lisa Nakamura I am interested in working towards reducing disparities in health among marginalized communities by exploring cultural adaptions of acceptance- and mindfulness-based therapies. I am particularly interested in examining how factors such as acceptance, mindfulness, self-compassion, and values-based living might promote well-being and resilience among individuals facing systemic oppression.