Throughout my studies, practice, and research in psychology, my focus has consistently revolved around acquiring an in-depth understanding of issues surrounding underserved communities and minority populations, including ethnic/racial minorities, the LGBTQ+ community, and neurodiverse individuals. In terms of leadership experience, I had the privilege to serve as President of the Student Council and the Clinical Health Psychology Society at my institution.
At the state level, I was elected Chair of the Florida Psychological Association Division of Graduate Students. I have served as Student Representative for Divisions 1, 15, 49, and 52 and as a Campus Ambassador within the APA. Internationally, I have represented my home country at the Interamerican Society of Psychology and the Global Student Network Committee. I have used these platforms for advocacy and awareness of several causes, including minority mental health awareness, suicide prevention, international students’ inclusion, and destigmatization of trauma populations.
I am interested in serving as Chair of APAGS because I earnestly believe I can sensibly and practically use this platform to promote multicultural and social justice outreach, student debt relief initiatives, and solutions to pandemic-related academic and social issues. As a student clinician and researcher in international psychology and neuropsychology, I am passionate about working and serving people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
As a person representing an ethnic minority, I understand the need to encourage psychological knowledge regarding diversity and inclusivity issues broadly. I aspire to utilize the platform to serve the needs of psychology students across the country, including master’s students, doctoral students, multidisciplinary and undergraduate affiliates. I am confident that my academic preparation, professional experiences, and personal qualities will meet this role's expectations. It would be a monumental honor to fulfill the duties of this office and be a voice for all current and future clinicians, scientists, and scholars.
I was honored to be elected Chair of FPAGS (2020-2021), the student division of my state's psychological association. I recently hosted the annual Student Posters Competition, where I voted to open our submissions to international students for the first time in the history of FPAGS. My article on the value of student membership and leadership within psychological organizations was featured on the cover of FPA's official magazine, The Florida Psychologist. Check it out here.
I was voted Student Council (SC) President (2019-2021) at my institution, Albizu University (AU). During the COVID-19 pandemic, I led an outstanding group of student leaders across different programs and fields. Our campaign was “Supporting Students Success,” and I focused on developing and disseminating resources tailored to students’ academic achievement and mental health. I founded the first newsletter of my institution, PsychSeries, which I used to fight the stigmatization of mental conditions and raise awareness of minority groups. As the first international student to serve as president of AU’s SC, I also supported the needs of this community during the pandemic.
I have been honored with the opportunity to serve within diverse APA Divisions. I am currently a Student Representative for Div. 1 General Psychology and Div. 15 Educational Psychology. As a member of the Div. 49 Group Psychotherapy, I have been participating in developing an institute focused on building a network for future leaders to raise awareness around the intersectionality between BIPOC identities and group psychology. Also, as a Student Representative for Div. 52 International Psychology, I continue to support initiatives focused on student leadership development. Within Div. 20 Adult Development and Aging, I have further developed my skills as a leader as Chair of the Race, Ethnicity, and Culture SIG and Co-chair of the Gender, Sexuality, & Aging SIG.
I am currently part of the COVID Psychology Task Force (established by 14 divisions of the American Psychological Association). I have been serving as Co-chair of the Higher Education Working Group and Co-chair of the Research Initiatives Working Group. I am also an active member of the Hospital, Healthcare, and Addiction Workers, Patients and Families Working Group. Their blog has featured my articles on fostering student resilience, stress-management for healthcare workers (which many students were and continue to be during COVID-19), and lessons learned during the pandemic.
Within the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA), I serve as a member of their Membership Committee. As a proud Latina, I represent my home country, Honduras, within the Interamerican Society of Psychology and the Global Student Psychology Committee.
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