Meet our Leadership Team
Silvia L. Mazzula, Ph.D.
Dr. Silvia Lorena Mazzula is a native of Uruguay, South America, and the first in her family to graduate college. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, research fellow at Columbia University’s Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group and Former President of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey. Dr. Mazzula has extensive research, clinical and consulting experience on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Her research focuses on racial and cultural competencies in research and practice, the intersection of racial cultural psychological processes, discrimination and mental health, and Latina/o Psychology. As a social justice advocate, her focus is on increasing the number of diverse scholars in advanced research careers. She is a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology and the City University of New York. Her work has been published in scholarly journals and presented at over 35 professional science meetings throughout the country. Dr. Mazzula has received several accolades including the Emerging Researcher Award by the New Jersey Psychological Association (2013); the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Award (2012-2014); and Recognition for Outstanding Scholarly Achievements from the City University of New York (2010, 2012, 2014). In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, especially her two young boys. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University and completed her formal clinical training at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-RBHC Newark Campus (formerly University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey).linkedin mail
Rebecca Rangel Campón, Ph.D., LCAT, ATR-BC
Director of Mentorship
Dr. Rebecca Rangel Campón is an Assistant Professor in the Masters Counseling Program at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. Dr. Campón is a first-generation Cuban-American with Mexican heritage and the first in her family to obtain an advanced graduate degree. Raised in a Cuban household by a family who immigrated to New York City in the mid-sixties, she feels a strong intergenerational connection to the Latino community she serves in Greater Manhattan. Her clinical and research interests focus on appropriated racial oppression, health and mental health of underrepresented populations, stress and trauma, and women’s health/mental health issues. Dr. Campón is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist with a specialty in Art Therapy with clinical experience working with Spanish-speaking populations in Boston, Denver and most recently, in New York City. She currently also serves as a Clinical Supervisor Adjunct at City College, CUNY. She has several Latina mentors in her life and firmly believes that without them she would not be where she is today. It is their vision that has impacted her and inspired her to continue their legacy. ¡Para adelante siempre!mail
Josephine “Josie” Serrata, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
Dr. Josie Serrata is a Clinical-Community Psychologist and completed her graduate training at Georgia State University conducting her research at the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change under the direction of Dr. Julia Perilla. Utilizing an empowerment-based participant centered approach, her dissertation work included adapting and implementing an evidenced based leadership intervention for immigrant Latina survivors of domestic violence. Josie is currently a Research Manager for the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Family and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza where she spearheads research in the area of evidence based and trauma informed practices for Latin@ individuals, families and communities . Her clinical work focuses on trauma informed, culturally relevant therapies with survivors including adult survivors of childhood trauma, child and youth survivors, sexual assault, domestic violence, and most recently with the veteran population in Austin, TX. Josie is a Latina of mixed heritage (Panamanian and Mexican-American) from San Antonio, TX.mail
Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead, Ph.D.
Director of Communications and Outreach
Dr. Ana C. Sanchez-Birkhead was born in Costa Rica and raised in Northern California. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a nationally certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and an Associate Professor at the University of Utah. Dr. Sanchez-Birkhead is a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Scholar. She has served as a nurse and clinician for 20 years caring primarily for Hispanic/Latino families. She is involved in many community efforts that aim at eliminating health disparities and advocating for social justice. Her area of research focuses on the socio-cultural and psychosocial impact of health disparities and burden of disease (i.e. cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease) among immigrant Hispanic families. She has won several awards and has conducted and co-authored several research studies. She is currently completing data collection on a Community-Based Participatory mixed methods study examining the lived experiences of immigrant Hispanic breast cancer survivors and their families. Dr. Sanchez-Birkhead is a mother, wife, “young” grandmother and is the first in her family to earn a PhD. She enjoys hiking, swimming, dancing, reading, and mentoring young people who have a desire to go to college.