Just a few of our Advisors, Academic Madrinas, Mentors, Presenters
Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D.
President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago Campus
Dr. Patricia Arredondo is President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago Campus. She joined the school in mid-February after successfully serving in senior administrative roles with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Arizona State University. She created and led an organizational consulting company, Empowerment Workshops, Inc. in Boston for fourteen years. She has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling competency models, multicultural guidelines in psychology, immigrants and life changing processes; Latina/o issues in counseling; social justice advocacy, organizational diversity assessment, and women’s leadership development. She has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and training videos. Her forthcoming co-authored text is Culturally Responsive Counseling for Latinas/os to be released by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Press this summer.
She is past president for the ACA, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 – Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. She is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology given by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. She also received the “Living Legend” award from the ACA, the Lifetime Achievement Award from APA Division 45, and honorary degree from the University of San Diego, and holds Fellow status with the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Arredondo’s is a licensed psychologist and has extensive experience as a clinician and a supervisor, particularly focused on women’s career issues and life changes for adults. Her leisure activities include international travel, golf, reading murder mysteries, and spending time with family and friends from across the country.linkedin
Debra Joy Pérez, MA, MPA., PhD
Vice President for Knowledge Support at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Debra Joy Pérez, MA, MPA., PhD, is the Vice President for Knowledge Support at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. As Vice President, Dr. Pérez provides leadership and direction and is directly responsible for managing several aspects of the Foundation’s work, including program performance measurement, evaluation, policy research, data development, knowledge management and organizational learning. In partnership with the Senior Leadership Team, she leads the development of a program performance measurement system in the Foundation, with particular attention to the development of performance measures for each of our portfolios; develop staff and grantee capacity to identify performance measures and to collect and analyze data; build use of and support for the performance measurement system at all levels of the Foundation. She also ensures that the Foundation has a well-thought out and consistent approach to the evaluation of the Foundation’s program and policy initiatives; oversee development of evaluation designs, work plans and budgets, as well as the selection and management of third-party evaluators; prioritize the relative importance of different evaluation opportunities and make recommendations to the President and Senior Leadership colleagues accordingly.
In addition to her focus on internal AECF work, Dr. Perez ensures that the Foundation has a program of policy research that reflects organizational priorities and advances Casey’s work around Family Economic Success, Community Change and System Reform. The development and implementation of an effective strategy with regard to developing data resources that support Casey’s work, and building the capacity of Casey partners to produce and use data effectively is also a main focus of Dr. Perez’ role. Key to her role at Casey is maintaining a focus on learning. As such, she oversees the continued improvement of the Foundation’s knowledge resources, with particular attention to broadening and deepening the utilization of those resources by staff as well as ensuring efficient and cost-effective access to outside knowledge resources. This includes being a champion the sharing of knowledge and learning from research and evaluations and driving a broad learning agenda for the Foundation and the field.
Prior to joining Casey, Dr. Perez was the assistant vice president for Research and Evaluation, collaborating with the vice president on the strategic and tactical decisions of the unit as well as ensuring its effective and efficient management. Among other priorities, Dr. Pérez was responsible for supporting advancing the unit’s goals of learning and spreading the Foundation’s lessons from our past and current investments. Dr. Pérez was a also formerly a senior program officer responsible for the Foundation’s research and evaluation work on the Public Health team and led programs that focus on increasing the diverse perspectives that inform the Foundation’s grant making for the Human Capital team. She began her career in philanthropy in 1997, when she became deputy director for New Jersey Health Initiatives, an RWJF national program. Since joining the Foundation in 2004, Dr. Perez has been responsible for developing multiple programs in research and evaluation in the areas of public health and disparities in health care for the Quality/Equality team.
At RWJF, Dr. Pérez was crucial in assisting the Foundation in becoming a more diverse place and to develop greater diversity in its pool of grantees. Much of her work focused on supporting historically under-represented scholars through the Human Capital team’s New Connections program. She is nationally recognized for building the field of public health systems research and developing the public health practice-based research networks. She is currently the chair of the RWJF Diversity.
As lead program officer for New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming, Pérez works with historically under-represented investigators and identifies opportunities to link this new talent to the Foundation’s work across health and health care research areas. This expansion of diverse perspectives in programming includes oversight of the RWJF Evaluation Fellows Program which provides evaluation training and placements to evaluators from under-represented groups. Dr. Pérez also works with other foundations to enhance the quality and impact of philanthropy by incorporating diverse perspectives through her role as advisory to the Diversity in Philanthropy Project led by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. In addition, she is responsible for managing the National Urban Fellows program at RWJF, which supports under-represented mid-career professionals in nine-month non-profit management mentorships across the country. To date, Pérez has mentored 19 National Urban Fellows. As a former program officer for the Disparities team, she was responsible for developing major initiatives designed to find interventions that work to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in health care called Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change and establish learning networks of providers implementing strategies to serve the limited English proficient patient population called Speaking Together: National Language Services Network.
Much of her work with the Public Health team at RWJF includes a focus on developing and building the field of Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) which supports building the evidence of how the organization, structure, governance, financing, accreditation, and quality of public health delivery impacts community health outcomes and the performance of the public health system. In collaboration with the Public Health team, Pérez has worked to expand the growth of the PHSSR field from $75K in 2004 to over $70 million in 2012. Work in PHSSR includes expanding access to public health infrastructure data, research on quality improvement in public health, and the development of practice-based research networks in public health. Since joining the Foundation in October 2004, Pérez has also been responsible for developing many programs in research and evaluation in the areas of racial/ethnic disparities, scholar and fellow programs. She is a researcher by training and has written many articles on racial and ethnic disparities, Latino and minority health and health care issues, and public health services and systems research.
Dr. Pérez completed her interfaculty doctoral program at Harvard University, receiving a PhD in health policy. While at Harvard, Pérez chaired the first and second university-wide symposium on racial and ethnic disparities in health/health care. She was awarded a five-year fellowship in health policy and research from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Pérez graduated from Douglass College with a BA in communication. She received an MA in social science and women’s studies from […]
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D.
Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University-Chicago
Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello, Ph.D., is a professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University-Chicago. In December 2010 she retired from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) after 25 years of services. There she established in 1993 the UIC’s Midwest Latino Health Research, Training & Policy Center and conducted health disparities research with a focus on chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, injury prevention and occupational health, among others. At UIC she trained/mentored minority undergraduates, graduate and pre- and post-doctorate fellows, junior faculty, health care providers and community health workers in research methods, patient education, and in advocacy and policy work. She developed community based participatory action research and empowerment models to address social justice issues. The Latino Research Center also developed linguistic and culturally appropriate public health community interventions that are being used in Puerto Rico, US-Mexico borders and other Latin American countries. Dr. Giachello was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Puerto Rico; a Master’s degree from the School of Social Services Administration (SSA) from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology also from the University of Chicago. Due to her research, policy and advocacy work she has been featured in local and national/international English and Spanish TV, radio and printed media and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named as One of 25 Most Influential Hispanic in American by Times Magazine in 2005 and one of ten national Persons Who Inspire by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in 2010, received in January 2014 the University of Chicago’s President Leadership Award and in April, 2014 was named as the Women of the Decade in Health in Chicago by La Raza Newspaper.
Azara L. Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She joined The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) as the chair of the Counseling Department in August 2011 and became dean of academic affairs in August 2013. Dr. Santiago-Rivera served as the associate dean of the School of Education, University at Albany (NY) from 2001―2004. Among outcomes of her work were initiatives to advance early career faculty with a focus on publishing, teaching strategies and tenure and promotion processes. Prior to joining TCSPP, she also held faculty positions as a professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004―2011) and assistant and associate professor, University at Albany [NY] (1992―2004).
Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s publications and research interests include multicultural issues in the counseling profession, bilingual therapy, Latinos and depression, and the impact of environmental contamination on the biopsychosocial well-being of Native Americans. She has published 40 articles, 3 books, and given over 100 local, national and international presentations throughout her career. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Environment of Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training.
Professional leadership has been part of Dr. Santiago-Rivera’s career portfolio. She has held numerous national positions; among these are vice-president of the Latino Interest Network of the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and founding member and president of Counselors for Social Justice within the American Counseling Association. She was the president of the National Latino/a Psychological Association, an American Psychological Association (APA) affiliated association (2004-2006). She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and currently the founding and chief editor of the new APA journal: Journal of Latina/o Psychology.
Glorisa J. Canino, Ph.D.
Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine.
Glorisa J. Canino, Ph.D. Glorisa is a Professor at the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and the Director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine. She is presently Principal or co principal investigator of several grants funded by the National Institute of Health. She has published substantially in the area of instrument psychometrics, psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services research, pediatric asthma and health disparities. At present she is together with Drs. Margarita Alegria and Cristiane Duarte, the principal investigator of a ten year follow up study to investigate the effect of minority status, in the onset of depressive and anxiety disorders as well as the long term relationship of substance use disorders, and risky sexual behavior with sexually transmitted infections and HIV. She is also principal investigator of two psychiatric epidemiology studies, one together with Dr. Raul Caetano of alcoholism and its relationship to chronic unemployment, and another study of service use and barriers to care in the island. Dr. Canino is co-principal investigator together with Dr. Celedon of a study on the epigenetics of pediatric asthma. Glorisa has been for the past 54 years a leading Latino researcher and her various research studies have resulted in more than 250 publications in scientific journals.
Glorisa loves to cook, swim, travel, listen to opera and classical music, watch movies and overall loves to read, particularly novel scientific developments and South American novels. She often goes snorkeling in a beach with beautiful reefs full of fantastic Caribbean salt water fish.
Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and Professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Margarita Alegría, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR) at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, and a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría is currently the Principal (PI) or co-Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies: International Latino Research Partnership; and Effects of Social Context, Culture and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety. She is a PI of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project: Effectiveness of DECIDE in Patient-Provider Communication, Therapeutic Alliance & Care Continuation. Dr. Alegría has published extensively in the behavioral science field with over 200 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters, on topics such as improvement of health care services delivery for diverse racial and ethnic populations, conceptual and methodological issues with multicultural populations, and ways to bring the community’s perspective into the design and implementation of health services.
As an acknowledgement of her contributions and dedication to her field, Dr. Alegría has been widely recognized and cited. Among the many awards: the Mental Health Section Award of American Public Health Association, 2003; the Health Disparities Innovation Award from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2008; the Carl Taube Award from APHA, 2008; the Simon Bolivar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, 2009; Harold Amos Award from the Harvard Medical School, 2011, and the Award of Excellence from the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse, 2011. In October 2011, she was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine, and in 2013, Dr. Alegría was selected as El Planeta’s (Massachusetts’s largest circulating Spanish-language newspaper) Powemeter 100 most influential people for the Hispanic community in Massachusetts.