Latina Researchers Network
Meet our Leadership Team
Silvia 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 Associate 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 trauma, mutlicultural competencies in research and practice, and Latinx/a/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 100+ universities, professional organizations or science meetings throughout the country. Dr. Mazzula has earned several accolades including the Distiguished Faculty Teaching by John Jay College (2015); 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, 2016). 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).
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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