Gloria’s research seeks to reduce disparities in mental healthcare utilization that predominantly impact racially and ethnically minoritized communities. Increasing access and engagement in mental healthcare services is crucial to reducing the severity and chronicity of psychological symptoms observed in minoritized populations, especially those in low-income and rural areas. Gloria aims to collaborate with minoritized communities, schools, and governmental agencies to develop accessible, culturally responsive, and scalable mental health interventions that can be implemented in nontraditional healthcare settings (e.g., community colleges) to address cultural and structural barriers to healthcare utilization. The primary goals of her research are to inform health policies that fund community-based mental health programs and ensure that minoritized individuals across the U.S. can access sustainable psychological interventions informed by their unique community needs.
MORE ABOUT GLORIA
Gloria is a second-generation Central American immigrant who grew up in a low-income Latinx community where psychological services were hard to access. Her upbringing galvanized her to pursue clinical science to conduct work that centers the voices of minoritized communities to address barriers to care and create effective mental health solutions.