Recent Student Milestones

Beth Anastasia defended her third year project, including a conceptual paper titled "Adressing Latino mental health disparities through integrated behavioral health care" / June 2016

Maegan Calvert defended her thesis, "Cross validation of the Caregiving Helplessness Questionnaire: Assocations with maternal history of maltreatment and intimate partner violence" (under the direction of Dr. Patricia Petretic) / May 2016

Aubrey Dueweke defended her thesis, "The effects of brief, passive psychoeducation on suicide literacy, stigma, and attitudes toward help-seeking among Latino immigrants living in the United States" / February 2016

Lab Team

Graduate Students

Debbie Gomez

Curriculum vitae

Debbie completed her B.A. in psychology (child/adolescent track) from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, in 2009. She earned her M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas in 2014. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology (NICPP) at the Munroe-Meyer Institute in the Behavioral Pediatrics and Integrated Care track.

Debbie's primary research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of brief treatments in integrated primary care and examining health disparities in primary care patients. Her dissertation examines the long-term effectiveness of brief behavioral health interventions.

Bianca Villalobos

Curriculum vitae

Bianca is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas and she is currently completing her clinical internship at Yale University in the Hispanic Clinic. She completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Channel Islands where she earned her B.A. in Psychology..

Bianca's overarching interest in research has been to understand mental health help seeking in the context of culture with the goal of ameliorating health disparities for the Latino population. Her Master's thesis explored the importance of cultural values, relationships, attributions, and expressed emotion in Latino caregivers. In order to inform her work, Bianca developed a conceptual model that identified predictors of professional mental health service use within a cultural framework. Accordingly, her dissertation examines mental health help seeking in individuals receiving behavioral health services in primary care. She will evaluate follow up using the help seeking model she developed to test the relative influence of attitudinal and structural barriers on continued help seeking. Throughout her graduate school, Bianca has also been involved in research on language concordance, literacy, and the effectiveness of behavioral health services in primary care.

Bianca's clinical work has focused on providing services to underserved populations. She has had experience working in a federally qualified health center and departmental psychology clinic. Bianca has been able to use her bilingual skills to provide services to monolingual Spanish speakers in both settings. As a behavioral health consultant in primary care, she learned how to deliver brief and targeted cognitive-behavioral interventions in a fast-paced environment and worked with a medical team. Consistent with her research interests, her clinical interests include cultural modification of interventions to increase client engagement and the understanding of cultural issues that leads to the development or maintenance of psychopathology.

Elizabeth Anastasia

Curriculum vitae

Elizabeth ("Beth") is a fifth year graduate student in the doctoral clinical psychology program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Michigan. Beth's research and clinical interests center around reducing health disparities for underserved populations. She has a strong interest in exploring how integrated behavioral health care may reduce barriers to mental health treatment for Latinos.

Beth's thesis examined the role of fatalismo in explaining Latinos' use of medical and mental health services. Her dissertation will be a mixed-methods evaluation of how the integrated behavioral health model of care may improve access to mental health services for Latino, Marshallese, and poor non-Latino White primary care patients. She has provided therapy to underserved groups, both in English and Spanish, at the Psychological Clinic and a local domestic violence shelter. Her clinical placement this year is at Community Clinic, an integrated primary care clinic serving a large number of Latino patients.

Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez

Curriculum vitae

Juventino ("Juve") is a fifth year graduate student at the University of Arkansas. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Arizona State University. He is an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow.

Juve has two primary research interests. His first research interest is in understanding the relation between acculturation and psychosocial adjustment in immigrant Latino youth. Specifically, he is interested in examining pathways that lead to psychosocial adjustment. Towards these efforts, as part of his dissertation, Juve is conducting a meta-analysis of all studies that examine acculturation and psychosocial adjustment in Latino youth. His second interest is in community-based (e.g., K-12 schools, primary care) prevention and intervention programs for at-risk, underserved youth. Towards these efforts, Juve has conducted research on the utility of school-based mentoring for peer victimized grade-school children, and on risk factors for peer victimization and internalizing symptoms.

Juve's clinical interest is in culturally-sensitive evidence-based therapies for underserved children and families. He has provided clinical services at Community Clinic, a federally qualified health center, and the UA Psychological Clinic. He has provided clinical services in English and Spanish to children, adolescents, and adults in both settings. Juve has also conducted psychological evaluations, provided evidence-based individual therapy as well as evidence-based couples and family therapy.

Consistent with his research and clinical interests, Juve is also involved in advocacy efforts that promote the training and dissemination of psychological science. On the national level, Juve has advocated on behalf of the APA MFP program and the APA Office of Education Government Relations. On the local level, Juve has served on the board of the UA Latino Alumni Society and has worked with local Latino organizations in Northwest Arkansas whose missions are to help at-risk Latino youth.

Maegan Calvert

Curriculum vitae

Maegan is a fifth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University where she earned her B.S. in Psychology.

Maegan's research interests are in how traumatic stress experiences influence well-being and parenting in underserved populations. Specifically, she is interested in how these processes impact economically disadvantaged and minority groups in order to better inform treatment practices for underserved communities. Relatedly, Maegan is also interested in the determinates and correlates of the intergenerational transmission of trauma and the prevention of the cycle of abuse. She is also interested in empirically supported principles of change to address the questions: a) for what problem, b) by whom, and c) under what circumstances does treatment of traumatized children and families work.

Clinically, Maegan has focused on providing services to underserved women and children who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, and child maltreatment in residential treatment and community outreach centers.

Aubrey Dueweke

Curriculum vitae

Aubrey is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate studies at Oberlin College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies.

One of Aubrey's primary lines of research is centered on developing a comprehensive understanding of how to improve risk assessment and intervention for suicidal behavior. She is also very passionate about reducing health disparities and improving access to care for underserved populations, and this passion forms the backbone of her second line of work. For her thesis, Aubrey tested whether brief, passive psychoeducation on the topic of suicide could effectively increase knowledge about risk and protective factors, decrease stigma, and facilitate more positive attitudes toward seeking professional help among a population of first generation Latino immigrants. Her interest in modifying these interventions to minimize barriers to care and maximize clinical research was solidified after she spent her clerkship year working as a behavioral health intern at a primary care practice. Currently, Aubrey is interested in exploring whether suicide risk assessment and intervention conducted within an integrated behavioral health care setting can be effective at reducing symptoms and improving accessibility to care for suicidal patients.

Copyright Dr. Ana Bridges

Updated: September 2016