I am extremely excited to join BACA’s Intensive Outpatient Program to further my clinical training as a PhD Extern under the supervision of Dr. Patrice Crisostomo in the Oakland office.
As a Bay Area native, my interest in psychology stemmed from my childhood experiences of growing up in a culturally rich and diverse area to immigrant parents in a trilingual household. After receiving my B.A in Psychology from U.C. Berkeley, I spent three years gaining clinical experience by providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders as well as behavior management training to parents and educators. This work cultivated a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds, and it lead me to pursue a M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, NY. While earning my M.A., my interest for the scientific study of culture and family factors grew through my work on two concurrent research projects: the effects of stigma experienced by immigrants with psychosis and the subjective well-being of mothers during the transition to motherhood.
After two years of living on the East Coast, I returned to the Bay Area to further my education and training as a scientist-practitioner. As a PhD student in the Clinical Science area of the U.C. Berkeley Psychology program, I am currently studying under Dr. Qing Zhou to examines the influences of culture, family socialization, and individual factors in the development of psychopathology and competence in children and adolescence of immigrant families. My research explores how individual factors such as emotion regulation, coping, and appraisals, as well as family-level dynamics such as bilingualism, parent-child acculturation gaps, parenting styles, and parent-child conflict influences child development.
My doctoral-level clinical training at U.C. Berkeley includes providing psychotherapy in treating symptoms of ADHD, OCD, depression, and anxiety among children and adults, parent management training, and group interventions, as well as conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments with children and adolescents. I am especially grateful to be able to work with BACA’s multidisciplinary team in utilizing evidence-based treatments. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking, playing board games, and trying all the wonderful food in the Bay.