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              2019–2020 Minority Fellowship Program Master's Fellows

 
Monique Aviles Laronda Barker Daniela Barrios Morello Megan Bolden Destiny Brown
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Loyola University Chicago University of North Carolina Wilmington Hawai'i Pacific University
Ramona Bullock-Johnson Jazmine Burel Anastasia Campos Jeff Capps Julia Childs Heyl
North Carolina State University California Baptist University University of Connecticut University of California,
Los Angeles
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Lauren Cushion Victoria Draper Kean Flowers Alexandra Franco Melanie Ginel
University of Texas
at Arlington
Columbia University University of California,
Los Angeles
The Catholic University
of America
Stony Brook University
Piero Goytizolo Angel Gray Tori Guen Yajaira Hernandez Trejo Joya Joseph
Boston College New York University Columbia University Columbia University Columbia University
Natalia Khalifa Michelle Laster Treshana Lewis Adriana Londono William Lopez
University of California,
Los Angeles
East Carolina University University of Illinois,
Chicago
Fayetteville State University Boston College
Aliya McCants Daniel McCrary Gabriel Parson Finn Phoenix Rosanna Prieto
Clark Atlanta University University of Georgia Jackson State University Edinboro University
of Pennsylvania
University of Hawai'i
Brittany Rabb Jennifer Ross Kyra Russell James Sampson Prisley Santana
Case Western Reserve University The Catholic University
of America
Columbia University Columbia University New York University
Jonathan Sem Jazmine Thompson Kyliah Thompson Brenda Imelda Torres Kristina Valdez
Stony Brook University North Carolina State University Washington University
in St. Louis
University of California,
Los Angeles
Marywood University
 
Chade Walker Jessica Wiley Cynthia Wilks Imani Wilson  
Stony Brook University The Catholic University
of America
Florida Atlantic University University of Chicago  
 


Monique Aviles
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing trauma-informed mental health services to the Black community
Career Goal: To obtain licensure and begin private practice to provide inclusive sex education to minority youths

 
Laronda Barker
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with clients in a mental health setting providing one-on-one and group therapy
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure and continue providing social work in a clinical setting

 
Daniela A. Barrios Morello
Target Population Interest: Children, transition-age youths, adults, older adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, individual and couples therapy to uninsured and underinsured clients from underserved immigrant communities
Career Goal: To work with migrant and refugee communities addressing their immediate needs, mental health challenges, and education

 
Megan Bolden
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with minority students in school settings that are dealing with mental health or substance abuse issues
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure and partner with other minority social workers in Wilmington, NC, to establish psychoeducational groups in underserved minority communities

 
Destiny Sharion Brown
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with racial/ethnic minority populations of female adult offenders who have substance use/misuse disorders and are working to successfully transition from prison back into the community
Career Goal: To work with racial/ethnic minority populations of adolescents and transition-age youths who have moderate to high levels of adverse childhood experiences to help them understand the complexities of trauma

 
Ramona Bullock Johnson
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults, older adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Supporting individuals experiencing homelessness and substance use disorders
Career Goal: To work in a setting that provides services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, and substance use disorders

 
Jazmine Burel
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Educating minority populations and breaking down the stigma regarding mental illness and substance use disorders
Career Goal: To continue working with incarcerated youths and veterns struggling with substance use disorders and/or mental illness

 
Anastasia Z. Campos
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing trauma-informed and culturally competent care to racial and ethnic minorities who are survivors of trauma, including refugees and youths from disadvantaged communities who have been exposed to violence
Career Goal: To obtain an LMSW and apply macro and micro approaches to promote access and equity in behavioral health care and reduce disparities for minority populations

 
Jeff Capps
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults, older adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Intervention of the courts system, cultural responsiveness, multimorbidity in racial/ethnic minority populations
Career Goal: To continue serving marginalized individuals through case management, psychotherapy, and developing behavioral health programs

 
Julia Childs Heyl
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths, adults, older adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Stopping generational trauma, providing research, and advocating for policy change for African American communities
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure focused on halting the transmission of generational trauma in the African American community

 
Lauren Michaela Cushion
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths, adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Reducing health disparities in accessing mental health care and decreasing the stigma regarding mental health care for minorities, primarily African Americans and Hispanics
Career Goal: To tailor interventions aimed at homeless and veteran populations and people of color suffering from trauma

 
Victoria Draper
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Addressing the trauma, systemic oppression, and disparities in health faced by racial/ethnic minority populations
Career Goal: To work with urban adolescents and adults with severe mental illness in a nontraditional clinical setting and get involved with community organizing

 
Kean Flowers
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with minority populations in schools to reduce the disparities seen in these children’s mental health and educational outcomes
Career Goal: To attain a leadership role to foster a school climate that advances preventive efforts for mental health disorders and school-wide mental health services

 
Alexandra Franco
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Mental health and trauma of migrant and refugee families, particularly those recently arrived from Latin American countries
Career Goal: To obtain licensure to work in clinical or school-based settings with children, adolescents, adults, and/or families who have migrated to the United States and are facing mental health challenges

 
Melanie Ginel
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with children and families of minority populations with dual diagnoses and the hereditary effects of mental illness and substance abuse disorders
Career Goal: To work in the not-for-profit sector with children and families of minority populations living in low income communities

 
Piero Goytizolo
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with minority populations, especially Latinx populations experiencing complex trauma and mental health issues
Career Goal: To primarily serve Latinx and LGBTQ+ couples, families, and individuals; working in social work in many different settings, such as academia, hospital-based settings, private practice, or being director of a program

 
Angel Gray
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing services for African American adolescents and emerging adults affected by intergenerational trauma and racism
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure and address the link between structural racism and mental health inequities among African Americans

 
Tori Guen 
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with women of color going through pregnancy, postpartum, and miscarriages to provide mental health services and policy advocacy to improve health-care experiences
Career Goal: To work as a perinatal social worker providing mental health counseling to women of color suffering from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, fertility struggles, and loss

 
Yajaira Hernandez Trejo
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Researching the impact of violent crimes and incarceration on racial/ethnic minorities
Career Goal: To work in the Latinx community with survivors of violent crimes and interactions with the criminal legal system

 
Joya Joseph
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults, older adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with individuals affected by systemic oppression and substance abuse disorder; applying clinical interventions to promote self-advocacy, empower, and foster wellness in a clinical setting
Career Goal: To work in an agency that provides treatment to formerly incarcerated individuals who have a mental illness and substance use disorder; use strengths-based interventions, advocacy, trauma-informed treatment models, and anti-oppressive practices

 
Natalia Khalifa
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with students affected by complex trauma, supporting transformative education, and interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline
Career Goal: To continue working in schools and become a psychiatric school social worker

 
Michelle Kelli Laster
Target Population Interest: Adults, older adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Increasing awareness about emerging neural protectant and analgesic medicines for racial/ethnic minority and veteran populations
Career Goal: To work with racial/ethnic minority and vetern populations experiencing mental health and substance use disorders

 
Treshana Lewis
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Supporting racial/ethnic minority children and families heal from the cycle of trauma
Career Goal: To continue supporting children and families through therapeutic services that focus on helping minorities, particularly African Americans, navigate the challenges of trauma and behavioral health

 
Adriana Londono
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with minority populations to end the negative stigma surrounding gaining access to mental health services
Career Goal: To become a fully licensed clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor and open a private practice with a space for minorities to come and receive the mental health services they need in a comfortable and nonjudgemental environment

 
William Lopez
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, adults, older adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing bilingual psychotherapy to Latinx adults and older adult populations to reduce mental health disparities
Career Goal: To obtain more training in diverse modalities that can help Latinx populations with trauma, substance use, and mental health to apply in clinical practice

 
Aliya McCants
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with members of the African American population struggling with addictions and trauma related issues
Career Goal: To have a private practice that provides ethical, culturally competent, and effective mental health services to African Americans struggling with addictions and trauma related issues

 
Daniel McCrary
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with racial/ethnic minorities experiencing trauma using psychotherapeutic modalities in a clinical setting
Career Goal: To enroll in a university-based post-MSW clinical fellowship and work with individuals from all racial and ethnic backgrounds

 
Gabriel L. Parson
Target Population Interest: Children, older adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with African American youths and older adults and families struggling with mental health challenges
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure to open a practice that provides mental health services for underserved racial/ethnic populations in Hazlehurst, MS

 
Finn Phoenix
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with Latinx youths living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities
Career Goal: To obtain licensure and continue working as a school-based therapist focused on clinical interventions

 
Rosanna Prieto
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with Native Hawaiian populations regarding resiliency factors
Career Goal: To get involved with statewide policy planning on issues of local sex trafficking, homelessness, and education by serving on committees and boards; to provide substance abuse counseling to adjudicated youths in drug court based in Native Hawaiian cultural values.

 
Brittany Rabb
Target Population Interest: Children
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing crisis intervention to minority school-based student populations
Career Goal: To continue working in a school to help with mental health and substance abuse prevention; to be involved with prevention and policy change that affects service providers and receipients of mental health and substance use disorder services.

 
Jennifer Ross
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with the mental health needs of racial/ethnic minority populations
Career Goal: To work in schools or in a not-for-profit setting that offers mental health services for the Deaf community; to create a wellness center for the Black Deaf community

 
Kyra Russell
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Forensic social work with clients who have experienced gender-based violence and the intersectionality of race on this population
Career Goal: To work in a mental health and forensic setting serving survivors of trauma combining my criminal justice knowledge with passion for mental health and serving communities of color

 
James Sampson
Target Population Interest: Adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Working with depression, trauma, and suicide prevention in the African American community
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure and become a psychotherapist specializing in depression and trauma in dyads and group sessions in a clinical setting

 
Prisley Santana
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Assessing and advocating for the mental health and substance use needs of new mothers in the hospital setting
Career Goal: To counsel adolescents in a school setting about navigating the struggles to achieve success within their educational setting

 
Jonathan Sem
Target Population Interest: Children, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Educating younger populations regarding the severity of substance issues among their peers
Career Goal: To pursue a career as a school social worker and substance abuse rehabilitation advocate

 
Jazmine Thompson
Target Population Interest: Adults, alder adults, veterans
Current Mental Health Interest: Implementing and evaluating different methods to treat substance use and mental health disorders
Career Goal: To obtain licensure to work in a substance use disorder facility that also targets mental health disorders

 
Kyliah Thompson
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Supporting racial/ethnic minority youths in job placement
Career Goal: To work in a clinical setting using cognitive behavioral therapy and and motivational interviewing to provide individual or group therapy to people of color who need support

 
Brenda Imelda Torres
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing therapeutic tools to children from low-income Latino families.
Career Goal: To continue working in a community mental health agency and work with transition-aged youths providing mental health and housing services

 
Kristina Valdez
Target Population Interest: Children, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Helping racial/ethnic minority families overcome the impact of trauma on parenting
Career Goal: To obtain clinical licensure and provide behavioral health services to children, adults, and families; to work as an agency administrator and be part of an administrative team that creates a positive, healthy, and balanced workplace

 
Chade Walker
Target Population Interest: Adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Educating families of racial/ethnic minority adolescents seeking help for mental health challenges
Career Goal: To work in a community center that provides direct practice behavioral health care and services to racial/ethnic minority individuals and families

 
Jessica L. Wiley
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Providing mental health services using child-centered play therapy to African American children and their families who present with co-occurring mood and anxiety disorders and have experienced trauma
Career Goal: To helph African American families obtain affordable housing in the Southeastern district of Washington, DC

 
Cindy L. Wilks
Target Population Interest: Transition-age youths, adults
Current Mental Health Interest: Applying therapeutic approaches that address the stresses experienced by racial/ethnic minorities living with HIV and/or substance use disorders
Career Goal: To become a therapist using decolonizing narrative therapy with Latinx populations and promote healing from contemporary and historical trauma

 
Imani Wilson
Target Population Interest: Children, adolescents, transition-age youths
Current Mental Health Interest: Working one-on-one with youths of color in school settings
Career Goal: To become a school social worker implementing programs and creating school environments that are student-centered and sites of community