Graduate

Current

    Francheska Alers-Rojas, J.D.

    Ph.D. Candidate

    falers@umich.edu Francheska received her B.A. in Pre-Law from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus and her J.D. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School. She is currently a PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Francheska’s research focuses on the ways cultural factors benefit ethnic and racial minority adolescents. ​Her dissertation examines the types of daily academic and family stress Latino high school students experience, its consequences for adolescents’ daily moods and sleep patterns, and whether talking about daily stressful events buffers these relations.

    Solangel Troncoso

    Graduate Student

    troncoso@umich.edu Solangel Troncoso received her B.A in Psychology with honors and Women's Studies from Rutgers University. She is currently a PhD student in the joint Personality and Social Contexts and Women's Studies program at the University of Michigan. Solangel is interested gender concepts and development, specifically in the context of Latino families.

    Ana Patricia Esqueda

    Graduate Student

    esqueda@umich.edu Ana Patricia received her B.A in Psychology with Honors from Princeton University. She is currently a PhD student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Ana Patricia is broadly interested in how systems of oppression—namely those that devalue members of low socioeconomic status, racial minorities, or foreign language speakers—affect the development of children and teenagers who may be bilingual and/or bicultural. Within this, she is interested in studying how those systems can be moderated through parental involvement and Latino cultural values.

    Jaime Muñoz-Velázquez

    Doctoral Candidate

    jaimemv@umich.edu Jaime is a 6th-year doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from California State University Fullerton. His research interests focus on understanding health disparities among minority youth. Specifically, he studies how racism and material hardship can affect adolescent development and health. Additionally, he is interested in identifying points of intervention and seeks to identify protective factors such as ethnic identity to ameliorate these adverse health outcomes.

    Kristen Cross

    Master's Student

    Kristen Cross earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is currently a student in the Accelerated Master's Degree Program in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Kristen completed a Senior Thesis with the lab, focusing on parental involvement in Latinx adolescents' extracurricular activities. Broadly, her research interests include ethnic and racial minority youth and child-parent relationship dynamics. As she continues to refine her research interests, Kristen hopes to earn her Ph.D. in the future.

    Andrea Mora, M.S.W.

    Ph.D. Student

    asmora@umich.edu Andrea received her B.A. in Psychology with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She is currently a PhD student in Social Work and Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan. Andrea is broadly interested in the academic functioning and psychosocial well being of adolescent Latino youth, with two lines of research. The first focuses on Latino/a adolescents' exposure to community violence and sexual harassment and their effects on psychological outcomes. Second, Andrea examines factors that increase Latino/a students' utilization of educational and psychological services.

    Isaiah Sypher

    Graduate Student

    Isaiah is a fifth year doctoral candidate in Clinical Science at the University of Michigan. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University. For his dissertation, Isaiah plans to explore contextual factors that influence parenting in low-income families of color, and how those outcomes map on to child socioemotional outcomes.


Alumni

    Maria Aretakis

    J.D., Ph.D.

    Maria graduated from the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Michigan in 2011; her dissertation title was Immigration, acculturation, and academic attitudes and performance among Latino adolescents. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and her Law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. She is currently in private practice at Hamilton Psychological Services in Clinton Township, MI.

    Rosanne Jocson

    Ph.D.

    rjocson@ateneo.edu Rosanne Jocson completed a PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ateneo de Manila University. Her research investigates the role of socioeconomic contexts in family and child development and the protective factors that promote resilience and child socio-emotional competence. Specifically, she aims to (1) examine how the context of poverty influences parents, children, and adolescents, with a focus on risks such as poor living conditions, neighborhood and housing contexts, and violence exposure; (2) identify protective factors that promote resilience and adaptive functioning among children and adolescents living in low-resource contexts; and (3) inform interventions for families and children at risk.  

    Traci Kennedy

    Ph.D.

    Traci earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2013. Her dissertation was entitled Exposed: Revealing Patterns of Community Violence Exposure and Psychological Well-Being Among Urban Youth. Her research focuses broadly on environmental risk factors for youth’s mental health as well as processes that foster children’s resilience. Traci completed her clinical internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she specialized in both pediatric psychology and child clinical psychology. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Currently, Traci is a psychologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Program. Dr. Kennedy continuous to be an important member of our research team and frequent collaborator.

    Laura Maurizi

    Ph.D.

    Laura Maurizi graduated from the joint Social Work and Psychology Program at the University of Michigan in 2012. She is currently at the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

    Jessica Montoro

    Ph.D. Student

    jmontoro@umich.edu Jessica earned her B.A. in Psychology with a focus on Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently she is in her first year in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Michigan. She is broadly interested in exploring the roles of culture, socioeconomic conditions and family dynamics on adolescent development. More specifically, Jessica’s current research focuses on how culturally salient values like religiosity, respect and familismo lead to better psychological outcomes amongst Latino adolescents exposed to community violence and poverty.