The social epidemiology of psychosis: the relationship between race/ethnicity and endorsement of psychotic-like symptoms in both clinical and non-clinical populations; the stigma of mental health service utilization in African American populations and explanations for underutilization.
Cognitive neuroscience of social psychopathology.
Mentalization and the role of emotions and emotion regulation in psychotherapy; the relation between emotions and agency; addictions; ethics.
Predictors of symptom severity and adaptive functioning among children and adults with ADHD; how neuropsychological factors interact with environmental factors to affect trajectories of ADHD over time.
Clinical experience in the areas of: Multicultural/Latino psychology; Psychology of women; Immigration trauma and acculturation, Severe psychopathology and medical illness.
Identity, particularly sexual and gender identity, their etiology, development, and consequences for mental and physical health and other adaptational outcomes, as well as the moderating and mediating influences of psychosocial exigencies for understanding the relations between identity and outcomes.
Manifestation of psychopathology over the life course with a particular focus on urban marginalized populations, psychological repercussions of cumulative trauma, patterns of psychiatric symptomatology, and how to apply a life course framework to clinical interventions.
I maintain a general adolescent and young adult clinical practice utilizing dynamic and behavioral strategies. My research and writing interests examine how larger scale social forces - for example, cultural, environmental, and economic processes - intersect with the construction of an individual's psyche.
Children and adolescent psychotherapy; psychotherapy integration; developmental psychology; the role of play in therapy and development
Integrative treatment of adolescents & young Adults; medical trainees and professionals; Trauma informed psychotherapy; Racial identity; Gender and Sexuality; Intersections of sociocultural identity and psychotherapy; Racial literacy and liberation psychology; Religion & spirituality; Health psychology; Coping with chronic illness; Group psychotherapy
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Esther Lee, Ph.D.
Santos Vales, Ph.D.
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