MEET OUR TEAM

Marina Tolou-Shams, PhD

Director

Professor/PI (not the detective kind), committed to all things social justice, kids and families. Ascribes to philosophy of “work hard, play hard.”

Emily Dauria, PhD, MPH

Associate Director

Assistant Professor passionate about addressing health disparities. Podcast addict, jumpsuit enthusiast, and toddler chaser.

Lauren Haack, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Associate Clinical Professor and Attending Psychologist; avid sports fan (go Green Bay Packers, Clemson Tigers, and Golden State Warriors!) and musical theater aficionado.

Johanna Folk, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, coffee fanatic, data nerd, and support human to a rambunctious mini aussie.

Juliet Yonek, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professional Researcher

Postdoc, trail runner, globally inspired cook, cat mama.

Margareth Del Cid, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoc, loves talking about culture #keepingthingshumble, feelings doctor, and aspiring cafelier.

Evan Holloway, PhD

NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow

Mixed methods researcher, clinician, and streetfood enthusiast by day. Passionate about service delivery systems, oysters, and my cat's Instagram.

Jocelyn I. Meza, PhD

NIMH T32 & Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoc studying the intersection of ADHD and self-harm among justice-involved youth; coffee aficionado and Great Dane paw-parent!

Megan Ramaiya

Predoctoral Fellow

Suicide researcher, culture and global health enthusiast, questionable home chef. Cares a lot about reducing the mental health treatment gap.

Jamie Salas, LMFT

Clinical Social Worker

MFT by trade & unicorn by birth, self-proclaimed play list extraordinaire, loves rainy days and working with youth & families, "si se puede!"

Jon Farrell, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

A "we were all young once," trauma-informed youth advocate and clinical social worker. Believes the pursuit of happiness begins with relentless self-discovery, patience, and a 12 oz. Americano (black, please).

Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan

Clinical Research Supervisor

Ethnomusicologist in an alternate universe; taco bell enthusiast in this one. Not convinced this world isn't a hologram.

Alison Czopp, LCSW

Clinical Research Supervisor

Social Worker. Cat mom. Explorer of nature and the unknown

Isis Alvarez

Case Manager

Savory over sweet, water is life, coffee is always black, and always exploring life with a dog. Learning to share, sharing to learn.

Christopher Rodriguez

Clinical Research Coordinator

Cancer with Scorpio ways, wants to learn to surf but is miserable in the morning, Bay Area raised but obsessed with Sac.

Joseline Delgadillo

Clinical Research Coordinator

Bay Area burrito lover, dog mom, and social rights activist.

Priyanka Kulkarni

Clinical Research Coordinator

Raised in the Bay Area, passionate about social justice, pesto pizza fanatic, cooks without measuring anything.

Ifunanya (Ify) Ezimora

Clinical Research Coordinator

Inspired and motivated by kids, cats, and creating change. Unironic treehugger and eternal yearbook nerd. Jollof enthusiast.

Jannet Lara

Clinical Research Coordinator

Passionate about making a difference and improving the quality of life for youth and families. Barista in-training, who appreciates a good cup of coffee, nature, and music.

Salam Ayana

Clinical Research Coordinator

Passionate about policing alternatives. A chef or food critic in a past life and can always be found at a concert or out on the dance floor!

Astrid Herrera

Social Work Associate

Aspires to play Encanto's Mirabel in the live action and still makes an L with left hand just in case.

Jose Vazquez

Social Work Associate

Casual Aquarius, home cook enthusiast, immigrant rights activist, and most likely to memorize random rap lyrics.

FORMER MEMBERS & WHERE THEY ARE NOW

Lili Ramos

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Sarah Velez

Medical Student at Northeast Ohio Medical University

Catalina Ordorica

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at University of Illinois Chicago

Cristina Teran

Adelaide Bell

Undergraduate Student at Washington and Lee University

Heman Gill