I attended college at a small, liberal arts university that was heavily focused on social justice. My college experiences (and inspiring mentors) led me to pursue a career in clinical psychology and so I attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I earned my doctoral degree and I completed a clinical internship at the Veteran’s Administration in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I then spent several years working on grants that allowed underserved populations to access behavioral health services. In 2016 I joined the faculty in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Nevada, Reno as an Assistant Professor.
I founded the DICE Center where I conduct research on the dissemination and implementation of culturally sensitive, evidence-based psychological services (with an emphasis on establishing internal barriers to behavioral health services and developing a mechanism to address these). I am also the director and founder of La Clinica VIVA, a specialized clinic where survivors of interpersonal violence can receive culturally sensitive, behavioral health services.