I'm currently a fourth year graduate student in the clinical science Ph.D. program at USC. I attended the University of Washington and graduated with a Bachelor in Science in 2006. My research interests include psychological interventions with a focus on how culture is accounted for in therapy. Recently, I have become intrigued by transtheoretical models of therapy, common or nonspecific therapy factors, and evidence-based relationship elements. I also have an avid interest in mindfulness-based therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
I am a fourth year graduate student in the clinical science Ph.D. program at USC. I graduated from the University of Michigan in May 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I am interested in culture and Psychopathology, specifically Major Depression. I am also interested in stigma and help-seeking. My Master's project focused on the expression of depression among Asian and European Americans.
I am an entering Clinical Science PhD candidate and am currently investigating the role of culture and family functioning in the course of schizophrenia. I hope that this type of research can elucidate and inform future intervention and prevention programs that are inexpensive and culturally-sensitive. I would especially like to assist minority and underprivileged communities throughout my career. I am originally from Colombia, and I enjoy watching movies, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering at church.
The crux of my research interest can be summed up with one question: If one has a mental illness, must they be seen by a mental health professional to get better? Within the premise I am specifically interested in how technology might be used to supplement mental health treatment and education.
In my personal life I enjoy hiking, texting, and watching Youtube clips.
I am a project assistant for the Families and Schizophrenia project that examines the extent to which Mexican American caregiver’s orient their ill relatives to the social world and how that relates to the ill relative’s neurological and psychological functioning. I recently graduated with honors from Clark University with a B.A. in psychology and a concentration in Latin American Studies and Ethics and Public Policy. During my time at Clark, I received research training under the mentorship of Dr. Esteban Cardemil where I conducted research examining the relationship between masculinity and depression through the context of acculturation in Latino men. Prior to working in the lab, I also attended the Latino Mental Health Research Training Program in Puebla, Mexico. My research interests include understanding psychosocial factors of schizophrenia and depression as well as developing culturally sensitive treatment interventions geared at addressing mental health disparities for minority populations. I intend to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.
Kitsya Macias, B.A.
Research Assistant / Coder
I am the project assistant for the Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis through Community Education project, which is an educational campaign with the goal of increasing psychosis literacy and early treatment among Spanish-speaking Latinos in the San Fernando area, Los Angeles County. I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with an emphasis in clinical psychology. Through my research endeavors I have worked on developing culturally competent group therapy for Spanish-speaking Latino gay men with HIV and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and conducted research for improving treatment and assessments for children with Autism. In the summer of 2012 I had the privilege of participating in the Latino Mental Health Research Training Program and worked to educate communities with limited resources about mental health in Puebla, Mexico. I am particularly interested in researching culture and the role it plays in mental health, including examining cultural factors that may lead to psychopathology and finding culturally competent treatment interventions. I strive to increase public awareness of mental health topics, reduce mental health disparities, and improve quality of life within underserved and minority populations throughout my career.
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and then took major courses in Master’s in Business Administration from Ateneo de Manila University. Over the course of my professional work which focused on business, office and operations management in varied types of industries, I developed the interest in evolving organizations, planning and execution. Like many others, I migrated to the U.S. to pave the way for my three children. I am pleased to work with Dr. Lopez in the Administration in support of his three research and training projects. In all stages of the project cycle, I see to it that the logistics are in place while keeping compliance with the University and project sponsor policies.