Who We Are

Esteban V. Cardemil

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
ecardemil@clarku.edu | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Cardemil received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1993 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He was subsequently at Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship in 2000, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship.He is currently an associate professor in the Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology at Clark University, where he has been since 2002.

Graduate Students

Ingrid Sarmiento

Ingrid Sarmiento received her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College. Her dissertation research examines the relationship between cultural competence, working alliance, and treatment outcome in a sample of culturally diverse college students seeking mental health treatment. Additional research interests include the evaluation and implementation of culturally sensitive treatment interventions, family functioning and depression.

Rachel Zack Ishikawa

Rachel Zack Ishikawa's research explores mental health help-seeking and factors related to the use and underuse of mental health services among Latinos, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Through her current dissertation research, she aims to identify factors that influence follow-up to specialty mental health care among depressed Latino primary care patients.

Monica Sánchez

Monica Sánchez received her B.A. in both Psychology and English with a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to attending Clark University, Monica worked at the Center for Community Health at the University of California, Los Angeles on the TALK LA Research Project as a research assistant working with low-income community families dealing with chronic illness. Currently, Monica's research interests explore cultural influences on mental health and mental illness. Through the use of community-based participatory research, Monica hopes to help create a more equitable research paradigm that involves community members in building our understanding of the issues that affect the mental health of cultural minorities.

Oswaldo Moreno

Oswaldo Moreno received his B.S. in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University in 2008. Prior to attending Clark, he worked as a Research Assistant at the Prevention Research Center, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, and the Child and Family Intervention Program at Arizona State University. Oswaldo's research interests are in the areas of mental healthcare and mental healthcare disparities, as well as the understanding of pathways towards mental health help seeking behaviors among Latinos in the United States. Oswaldo's current research integrates cultural and contextual approaches, including religious and spiritual views, and their relations towards professional mental health help seeking and psychopathology.

Jessica Armstrong

Jessica Armstrong received her B.A. and M.A. in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Addiction Studies from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Prior to attending Clark University, Jessica worked as an intern counselor in an inpatient substance use treatment facility in midtown Manhattan, working with a diverse range of clients in terms of race/ethnicity/culture, age, gender, and socioeconomic status, as well as co-morbid diagnoses and preferred substance. Currently, Jessica's research interests explore the intersection of culture, substance use disorders, and trauma histories/responses to disclosure of trauma as they relate to engagement in treatment and relapse.

Tamara Nelson

Tamara Nelson received her B.S. in Psychology and Exercise Science from Rutgers University and her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from San Diego State University. Prior to attending Clark, Tamara worked as a Research Associate in the research and evaluation department at the Boston Public Health Commission. Tamara's current research interests are in the area of understanding cultural influences on mental health disparities, particularly values such as strength and self-reliance.

Undergraduate Students

Victor Figuereo

Victor Figuereo is majoring in Psychology at Clark University. He is currently a student and research assistant in Dr. Cardemil's lab. His research interests include the relationships between culturally relevant psychological constructs, specifically acculturation, and mental health outcomes among Latinos in the United States. As a McNair Scholar, Victor conducted research pertaining to Latino men's reluctance to seek psychotherapy. He has also examined gender as a moderator of the relationship between acculturation and depression.

Robert Rosales

Robert Rosales is majoring in Psychology and Economics with a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies at Clark University. He is currently a student and research assistant in Dr. Cardemil's lab. He is interested in understanding the relationships among gender, age, and mental health outcomes. As a McNair scholar, Robert conducted research examining masculinity as a predictor of depression and mental health help-seeking among Latino men. He has also explored age as a predictor of mental health help seeking and depression.

Maria Campos

Maria Campos is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Management at Clark University. She is currently an undergraduate student and research assistant in Dr. Cardemil's research lab. Her research interests include Latino's experience with acculturation to the U.S. culture, couple's dynamics among different ethnic groups, and the ways children are raised in different cultures.

Natalia Jaramillo

Natalia Jaramillo is currently majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Ethics and Public Policy. She is currently a student and research assistant in Dr. Cardemil's lab. Her research interests are in the area of Latino men's understanding and methods of coping with depression, as well as culturally sensitive treatment interventions.

Other Core Lab Members

Germán Chiriboga

Germán Chiriboga is a collaborating research member for Dr. Cardemil’s team from the Central Massachusetts Area Health Education Center. He received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Worcester State University and is currently preparing himself with coursework towards a Master’s in Public Health at UMass. His interests are in the areas of public health, culturally appropriate interactions between patients and providers, and language access in the health care field. Currently he works as a medical interpreter and editor of translations into Spanish as well as in projects of public health regarding immigrant health and infectious disease.

Recent Graduates

Alisha Pollastri

Alisha Pollastri obtained her Ph.D. in 2010. Her dissertation examined the relationship between emotional expressivity and socio-emotional adjustment among urban adolescent males. She is currently completing a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University. Before coming to Clark, Alisha received her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University, and spent a number of years coordinating a clinical research study on the genetics of drug dependence at Yale University. Through continued research on social factors related to clinical outcomes, Alisha hopes to inform clinical prevention and intervention strategies that improve outcomes for urban youth.

Tatiana M. Davidson

Tatiana M. Davidson received her Ph.D. in 2010, and completed her pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is currently in the first year of a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Davidson received a two-year diversity supplement to Dr. Kenneth Ruggiero’s Web-based Intervention for Disaster-Affected Youth and Families grant through the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Her research and clinical interests include Latino child and adolescent mental health, and understanding the effects of culture in a variety of contexts, including the development of psychopathology and the evaluation of culturally sensitive prevention and treatment interventions.

Contact Information

Mental health, culture, and community research program

Esteban Cardemil, Ph.D.
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

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