Health and Wellness Lab

Current Research Projects

Youth Participatory Action Research

I have worked with youth in the Monterey area on a few different research projects, but most recently I worked with the Gonzales Youth Council on a youth participatory action project focused on emotional and academic wellness during  COVID-19. We gathered data from more than 300 middle school and high school students, and the results were used by the youth council to advocate for mental health resources in Gonzales. 

Outdoor Wellness Spaces

The California State University, Monterey Bay, draft Master Plan identifies spaces and landscaping strategies to incorporate more outdoor nature parks, gardens, classrooms, and wellness spaces on the main CSUMB campus. This project was a collaboration with the CSUMB Health and Wellness Services and Campus Planning to investibgate campus wellness. We aimed to identify which types of spaces, if implemented, would be the most preferable by students, staff, and faculty.

Screen SPACE Wellness:

Questionnaire Development

Technology and social media are prominent in young people's lives. This project is a collaboration with

Dr. Nita Tewari and Dr. Oscar Rojas Perez to develop and test a questionnaire about screen and technology wellness among adolescents and young adults. This questionnaire is intended to have clinical and utility. SPACE is an acronym for Social, Physical, Academic, Cognitive, and Emotional Wellness.

I also conduct Research on Teaching & Learning
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Meet the Team

Selina Espinoza
Selina Espinoza

Major: Psychology Minor: Statistics UROC & McNair Scholar, Sally Casanova Scholar Interests: Cannabis and mental health Graduation: Spring 2021 Next Steps: Pursue Ph.D in Health Psychology

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Claudia E. Rocha
Claudia E. Rocha

Major: Psychology Interests: Youth, Educational Systems, Emotional Wellbeing Graduation: Spring 2021 Next Step: Pursue a MA in School Psychology

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Melissa-Ann Lagunas
Melissa-Ann Lagunas

Major: Psychology Minor: Statistics UROC Researcher & Koret Scholar. Interests: First-generation Status & Ethnoracial Health Disparities, & Wellness Graduation: Spring 2021 Next Steps: Pursue PhD in Clinical Psych

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Courtney Crouse
Courtney Crouse

Major: Psychology UROC Researcher & Koret Scholar. Interests: Gender Differences, Community Health & Wellbeing, & Digital Wellness Graduation: Spring 2021 Next Steps: Pursue PsyD in Clinical Psychology

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Nevan Bell
Nevan Bell

Major: Psychology Minors: Music, Humanities & Comm. UROC Scholar Interests: The impact of music on cognition for neurodiverse individuals Graduation: Fall 2022 Next Steps: PhD in Clinical Psych & Music Therapist

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Alumni

Ava A. Acosta
Ava A. Acosta

Major: Psychology Interests: Clinical child psychology, social media, mindfulness Graduation: Spring 2022 Next Step: Pursue PhD

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Yelena Gonzalez
Yelena Gonzalez

Major: Psychology Interests: immigrant and refugee mental health, PTSD, & eating disorders Graduation: Spring 2020 Next Steps: Pursue PhD

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Frederick Siglar
Frederick Siglar

Major: Psychology Minor: Human Dev UROC Researcher Interests: Multicultural psy, child psychopathology, & ecotherapy Graduation: Spring 2020 Next Steps: PhD student in Clinical Child Psychology

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Abigail Correa
Abigail Correa

Major: Psychology UROC Researcher Interests: Neuroscience, suicidal thoughts and behavior Graduation: Spring 2020 Next Steps: Pursue PhD

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Amanda N. Hansen
Amanda N. Hansen

Major: Psychology Minor: Statistics Interests: Child trauma, assessment, MMPI Graduation: Spring 2020 Next Steps: Kent State for PhD in Clinical Psychology

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Jorge Cabrera
Jorge Cabrera

Major: Psychology Minor: Pre-Law Sally Casanova Scholar Interests: Immigrant health and policy Graduated: Spring 2019 Next Steps: Pursue JD/PhD

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Tatiana Magaña
Tatiana Magaña

Major: Psychology Interests: Clinical child psychology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and CBT strategies Graduated: Spring 2019 Next Steps: Working on Psy.D. in Clinical Child Psychology

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Maddie Oviedo
Maddie Oviedo

Major: Psychology Interests: Child and adolescent psychology; multicultural psychology Graduated: Spring 2019 Next Steps: Pursue PhD in Clinical Child Psychology; child life specialist

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Dulce N. Ramirez
Dulce N. Ramirez

Major: Psychology Interests: Clinical child and multicultural psychology Graduated: Spring 2019 Next Steps: Obtain PhD then return to Monterey County and work with Hispanic/Latino community.

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Lillian Salinas
Lillian Salinas

Major: Psychology Interests: Children and adolescents, child trauma, heathcare, multicultural psychology Graduated: Spring 2019 Next Steps: Pursue a PhD. in Clinical Child Psychology

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Dewey Tran
Dewey Tran

Major: Psychology Minor: Cognitive Science Interests: Clinical psych, cognitive neuroscience, stress & health Graduated: 2017 (UC Merced) Next Steps: Graduate School in Experimental Psych

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Karen V. Baker
Karen V. Baker

Major: Psychology Interests: Child and health psychology, research, ABA therapy, art therapy Graduated: May 2018 Next Steps: Interested in Counseling with a emphasis in Art Therapy

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Constant Braggs
Constant Braggs

Major: Psychology Minor: Human Dev Interests: Child trauma and foster care Graduated: May 2018 Next Steps: Applying to graduate school for Clinical Psychology

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Courtney Allen
Courtney Allen

Major: Psychology Interests: Health psychology, suicide Graduated: May 2018 Next Steps: Graduate student in Clinical Psychology PsyD program

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