We're committed to resolving disparities among minority access to psychological services by training professionals who employ innovative and effective practices. In doing so, we hope to improve mental health providers’ abilities to provide culturally appropriate services to Spanish-speaking clients.
Despite making up 17% of the population, Latinx individuals are only 60% as likely to pursue mental health services as whites. Colorado is in the top ten states in the US for Latinx population, but only a very small number of practitioners are Latinx or able to offer specialized care for Latinx individuals. With these factors in mind, we train students to provide bilingual and culturally competent services using evidence-based practices and firsthand experience.
To advance the work force of Latinx mental health professionals by providing excellent training/education, to increase access to quality mental health care for Latinxs using innovative and creative techniques, and serve as a community alliance to enhance Latinx connectedness.
Avanzar la fuerza laboral de profesionales Latinxs en el área de salud mental mediante entrenamiento/educación de excelencia, incrementar la calidad de la atención en salud mental a Latinxs usando técnicas novedosas y creativas, y servir como aliado comunitario para mejorar la conexión entre Latinxs.
The Latinx Psychology specialty aspires be a leader in training culturally and linguistically competent bilingual mental health professionals and is committed to resolving disparities among minority access to quality psychological services by providing culturally appropriate mental health services to Denver's Latinx community.
El Programa de Psicología Latinx aspira a ser líder en el entrenamiento de profesionales del área de salud mental para que sean culturalmente y lingüísticamente competentes y está comprometido en resolver la disparidad en acceso a servicios psicológicos de alta calidad mediante la provisión de servicios de salud mental culturalmente apropiados a la comunidad Latinx en Denver.
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The Latinx Psychology specialty at GSPP is a four-course sequence that provides professional psychology trainees with the clinical and theoretical knowledge, research foundations, and Spanish language capacities necessary to provide mental health services to the diverse Latinx population in the US. In addition to coursework, students will have the opportunity to complete a related field placement. Many of GSPP’s field placements serve the Latinx population and Spanish providers are utilized. As a student participating in the Latinx Psychology specialty, you will choose field placements that offer you opportunities to deliver services to this population for at least 25% of your cases.
- Introduction to Latinx Psychology and the Latinx Experience
- PsyD Latinx & Underserved Populations Advanced Practicum I - Aiming to Reduce Mental Health Disparities
- PsyD Latinx & Underserved Populations Advanced Practicum II - Spanish Intensive
- Psychological Assessment with Latinx Populations
Potential Field Placements
- Salud Family Health Centers
- Mental Health Center of Denver
- Aurora Mental Health Center
- Colorado OUD/SUD Training Program
Other Program Activities
- International Virtual Exchange with Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile
- Spanish conversational hours
- Latinx social and cultural events
Meet Our Team
The Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Latinx Psychology specialty has established a professional relationship with the Universidad del Desarrollo (UDD) in Santiago, Chile. Since 2015, Latinx Psychology specialty students have traveled to Chile for two weeks each year, where they have gained a firsthand understanding of the mental health care systems to which our clients are accustomed. In 2020, a group of GSPP students were going to travel to Chile to provide culturally responsive training to a mental health community organization but due to COVID they were not able to travel. Travel to Chile for now is on hold due to COVID and plans for future travel depend on consistent funding. We do have virtual exchanges with UDD students and faculty and plan to continue with these types of virtual immersion experiences in the future.
Meet Our Current Students
Emanuel Hermosillo is currently a third-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He was born and raised in Pasadena, California. A child of immigrants, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as his Master of Arts degree at the University of Denver. This year he is an extern in a private practice focused on exposure therapy with anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders and trauma working with both English and Spanish speaking clients. He is also at a secondary externship site performing assessments with primarily Latinx populations also in English and Spanish. During his second-year externship he worked in an Integrated Primary Care clinic providing behavioral health services primarily to Latinx populations in both English and Spanish. For his first-year externship he worked in an intensive outpatient setting providing services to people with substance use disorders and comorbid disorders. Next year he will be working as an extern at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Counseling Center. His clinical interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and therapy with Latinx populations.
Vanessa Magro is currently a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is trilingual and studied Spanish, French, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies in college. After working in communications for the private sector, she served as a bilingual counselor for English- and Spanish-speaking youth and families at a community mental health agency. Currently, she is providing both short- and long- term individual therapy to a variety of diverse clients within the Denver community. She is passionate about making therapy feel safe and empowering for everyone.
Esha Pahwa is currently a first-year student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Esha is originally from Overland Park, Kansas and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk). She completed her masters of arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Esha has enjoyed learning Spanish since elementary school and thought the Latinx Psychology specialty would be a great addition to her interests. She enjoys working with the Latinx population and providing services with a cultural lens. She wants all people to feel like they have an opportunity to access mental health resources. She is interested in helping different communities learn and understand their individual identities and the characteristics that make each person unique.
Sandra Bertram Grant
Sandra Bertram Grant is a second-year student pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver. She is a proud Mexicana and she is passionate about Latinx Psychology. Her research interests are rooted in social justice practices. She hopes to explore health behaviors and overall positive livelihood experiences, specifically amongst Mexican/Mexican American immigrants in the U.S. Her goal is to conduct research, and practice culturally competent work that adopts a preventive, rather than a reactive, approach towards psychological distress in underserved populations. Clinically, she provides bilingual mental health services at an integrative care practice - AF Williams. She is currently a member of the student committee for the National Latinx Psychological Association.
Leeza Rojas is currently a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is Colombian American and joined the Latinx specialty to learn more about the diversity within the Latinx community and how to best cater to the needs of its individuals. She has worked in a variety of different settings including in corrections, community mental health clinics, and private practices. Leeza looks forward to continuing to diversify her clinical experiences and learn more about how to increase the accessibility of mental health services to underserved communities.
Haley Marshall is a first-year masters student in the international disaster psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. They were born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and obtained their undergraduate degree in Psychology with a double minor in Forensic Studies and Criminology at Fort Lewis College. Following their masters degree, Haley hopes to obtain a doctorate of psychology and additional training to help provide therapy to Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and other marginalized or oppressed communities. They hope to return to New Mexico and create the first low-to-no cost earth ship holistic inpatient/outpatient trauma & recovery community, opening services to all who are interested in participating.
Ethan Rosen is a second year student in the International Disaster Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue his interests in developing and evaluating mental health programs, researching topics in psychology, and working in global mental health spaces. His has a specific interest in working with Spanish speaking populations and in understanding the human experience from different cultural perspectives. He eventually plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology. In his free time, Ethan enjoys skiing and playing guitar.
Kim Salazar is currently a first-year student in the MA International Disaster Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Kim is a bilingual native Spanish speaker and the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Kim’s cross-cultural personal experience is rooted in being a bicultural, Latina identifying, individual and being raised in diverse South Florida. Kim also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guyana, South America targeting health and wellbeing among adolescents. Kim currently works as an intern at one of the major refugee resettlement agencies in Denver, providing services to clients whose cases are marked by safety concerns, trauma, or impairment in daily functioning. Kim bridges language and cultural barriers by working primarily with Latinx refugee and asylee clients whose first-language is Spanish, providing linguistically and culturally adapted interventions. Kim was inspired by her own upbringing and challenges being the daughter of immigrants in a primarily low SES, immigrant community in order to use her linguistic and cultural knowledge to be a bridge for people who hold minoritized and oppressed identities. She is passionate about increasing access to mental health and social services, as well as practicing from a strengths-based, person-centered, and existential-humanistic orientation. After graduation, Kim hopes to practice as an mental health provider among Latinx clients domestically or internationally in Latin American.
Daniela Pacheco-Olmedo is currently a first-year, international master's student in the International Disaster Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She was born and raised in Chile and came to Denver in 2016 to do her international professional internship in the Latinx Specialty from Universidad del Desarrollo. Currently, she is providing bilingual mental health services to Latinx clients experiencing trauma and refugee survivors of torture through the Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC). She hopes to keep learning about her biggest interest: Latinx immigrants’ mental health in their immigration and acculturation process in the U.S and South America. Her goal is to conduct migration and refugee well-being research, perform culturally competent mental health services, and keep working on clinical and community psychology.
Daniela focuses her work on the human rights and social justice lens. She uses theoretical orientations like the Ecological model, CBT, Feminist, and systemic theories.
Nicole Bozas, M.A
Nicole Bozas is a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver through the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is a Uruguyan-American who is multilingual with higher language proficiency in English and Spanish. She is currently working in a Integrated Primary Care setting providing mental health services in English and Spanish to a variety of populations. Additionally, She is conducting research with Dr. Henrietta Pazos for the Latinx specialty and has found a passion for research. Previously, she completed a year-long externship conducting neurodevelopmental evaluations. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Behavioral Science with a focus in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She obtained an M.A. in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Military Psychology from the University of Denver. Primarily, she has worked in forensic systems providing advocacy, mental health and substance use treatment, and conducting evaluations. In the past, she has worked with children with special emotional and behavioral needs in residential and school systems. She is passionate about many aspects of the field of psychology and currently is focusing on evaluations, system reform, policy and research.
In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, often spending time on patios or the outdoors. When she's not in school, she enjoys traveling to different countries and experiencing new cultures.
Our 2020 Alumni
Carlos Coto graduated from the Sport & Performance Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He started Latinx specialty training to have an impact in the Latinx population not only in the U.S., but also in Latinx countries. Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, he is planning to become a Mental Performance Consultant for an MLB organization. Major League Baseball is the perfect environment to bridge the gap between Latinx players that are based in academies in the Dominican Republic, and the players that are already playing Minor League ball with aspirations of joining the Major League team. He spent the Summer of 2019 interning at the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA) in Bluffton, South Carolina, which is a golf academy that works to develop the complete athlete both physically and mentally. Known internationally for its state-of-the-art training facilities and outstanding mental skills coaches, IJGA attracts athletes of all ages from around the world. Carlos worked with athletes from Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico on mental performance skills.
Deyja Enriquez graduated from the Sport & Performance Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Deyja’s passion for sport within the underrepresented community began with her work with the JOCKS Program of Boulder County. JOCKS is a running program designed to promote health and wellness for at-risk youth. Since working with JOCKS, Deyja has also worked with juvenile probationers, adult probationers, and as a Food Access Coordinator for Boulder County to increase food accessibility to low-SES families. With the realization of the effect that exercise, health, and wellness can have on the improvement of lives, she set out to learn more by combining her Sport & Performance coursework with the Latinx specialty coursework. In this way, Deyja hopes to incorporate sport into as many interventions as possible. Deyja is the Diversity & Inclusion chair for the Center of Performance Excellence (CPEX). Her aim is to ensure that people of color are not only invited to the party, but also asked to dance and enjoy themselves, their journey, and their experience unapologetically.
Matthew Galvez graduated from the Sport & Performance Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He joined the Mental Performance team at the Toronto Blue Jays in February 2020. Matthew played football all the way through high school where he was injured and decided to leave the sport. Matthew graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology where he was part of multiple research labs that allowed for the publication of a manuscript and multiple posters. He is a cohort liaison within the Center for Performance Excellence (CPEX) and works as a mental performance consultant with the Colorado Rapids’ elite soccer youth organization, a high school baseball team, and a club hockey team.
Susan Mertz graduated from the International Disaster Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is interested in using her degree and this specialty training to help better design and implement mental health programs both domestically and internationally. This year, she is interning at the Colorado African Organization, helping provide mental health services to community navigators and refugee clients. Some of her hobbies include reading, traveling, and spending time in nature.
Jasmine Parker graduated from the International Disaster Psychology program at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology. She is interested in using her degree to assist with low-income populations and learn how to get their communities the services they need. The most important career goal she has is to help the world communicate and understand each other and mental illnesses more easily by use of her degrees and through the work of cross-cultural psychology. The reason she is pursuing the field of psychology is from her love of helping people and since the mental state of mind is very important to our future and life, she decided to focus on this aspect of healthcare. For her placement last year, she worked at the Ricardo Flores Magón Academy, a bilingual school for children in grades K-8. At the academy, she provided individual interventions to the students through weekly check-ins and works with two other interns to create an emotional regulation project.