Mission & Goals

The main mission of this program is to provide advice, guidance, support, or counsel to Latinx students and early career professionals (ECP) in psychology in higher education institutions. Professional members will guide mentees/students/ecp to reach their educational and professional goals by sharing with mentees their knowledge, experiences, and professional expertise in their fields. 


Coordinators: Regina Jean Van Hell, Ph.D., Rachel Reinders-Saeman Ph.D., Laura P. Minero, MA, and Valerie Minchala, Ph.D.


If you would like to apply to be a MENTOR, please click here. If you would like to apply to be a MENTEE, please click here. It will ask for some information about yourself and your career goals.

If you have any questions about the program or application please contact us at [email protected]

Expectations for Mentee & Mentor

Mentoring relationships can take many different forms. At the beginning of the relationship, please take some time to set expectations about the frequency of contact, preferred methods of contact (email, phone, text, etc.), and what you each hope to get out of the relationship. The more open and honest you are able to be with your mentor or mentee, the more likely you will be able to successfully form and maintain a relationship.

Please respond to communications in a timely and considerate manner. If your partner cannot contact you for an extended period of time, you may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Please maintain the privacy of your relationship as much as possible. While the expectations of the relationship do not rise to the level of the confidentiality expectations held by clients, there may be information discussed in the course of the relationship that is meant to be kept within the relationship. Please respect those boundaries. See the NLPA and APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for further information regarding professional relationships and confidentiality.

If you have any concerns or questions about the program, please feel free to contact the Mentoring Committee at [email protected] You can expect to receive communication from the mentoring committee at the beginning of the relationship to establish contact and reiterating hopes and expectations for your participation, bi-monthly or every three to six months emails to check in on the relationship and provide the opportunity for feedback, and annual in-person meetings at APA and/or NLPA conferences in order to connect in person with mentors or mentees.


Upcoming Discussion Events


The NLPA Mentoring Program is facilitating a discussion with two graduate students on the topic:
How to Deal with Stressors while Completing a Degree
August 25, 2021 7:30 PM EST


Taymy Josefa Caso, Ph.D., (they/them) is the Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow in Transgender Health in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health and a researcher at the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Caso holds degrees in counseling and clinical psychology from New York University and Columbia University, Teachers College. Their research focuses on minority health disparities, intersectionality, identity-based marginalization within LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities, gender and sexual fluidity, and social determinants of health. Their advocacy work utilizes decolonizing pedagogy to deconstruct institutional and systemic barriers to equity and develop community-based interventions for underserved communities.

Jacqueline Fuentes is a 3rd year doctoral student at the Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. Prior to attending UGA, she worked as a protective social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating with her MSW in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She focuses on serving folks impacted by systems, with aims to improve mental health access and treatment delivery to BIPOC communities.

Charmaine Mora-Ozuna is a third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at The University of Georgia. She is Mexicana, born in Los Angeles, and raised in Atlanta.  Charmaine's research interests are focused on understanding the impact of trauma on the Latinx communities. Her clinical interests are parallel, and she is passionate about providing services to underserved communities. Charmaine currently serves as the co-coordinator at La Clinica In LaK’ech, a bilingual and bicultural mental health clinic that provides counseling services to Latinxs. She recently began her advanced practicum placement with the Nia Project at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, which provides behavioral health services to African American/Black women survivors of abuse. Charmaine serves on the Student Committee for NLPA and as the liaison for the Georgia Psychological Association Graduate Student Committee. When Charmaine is not engaging in her academic and professional duties, she loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, dance, and eat (especially Mexican food)!  


Past Networking Events

Webinar: U.S. Immigration Policies - Challenges and Opportunities for Psychologists, Policymakers, and Other Stakeholders


This webinar has been organized by several divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA)—Developmental Psychology (APA Division 7), the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9), the Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (APA Division 24), and the Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)—in partnership with Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice and the APA Immigration Working Group. This webinar is part of a larger collaborative project that was made possible through an APA Public Interest Leadership Conference (PILC) Health Equity Dissemination Award.

Wendy Cervantes, M.A.
Senior Policy Analyst
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Presentation: Policy Implications for Immigrant Children and Families: Challenges and Opportunities

Luis H. Zayas, Ph.D.
Dean and Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy
The University of Texas at Austin School of Social WorkJune 2015 - Book Discussion

Policy Webinar


Click here to open Immigration Webinar Slides. 

Developing Cultural Humility: Embracing Race, Privilege and Power
A book by Miguel E. Gallardo

Developing Cultural Humility offers a unique look into the journeys of psychologists striving towards an integration of multiculturalism in their personal and professional lives. Contributing authors—representing a mix of "cultural backgrounds" but stereotypically identified as "White"—engage in thoughtful dialogue with psychologists from underrepresented communities who are identified as established and respected individuals within the multicultural field. The contributing authors discuss both the challenges and rewards they experienced in their own journeys and how they continue to engage in the process of staying connected to their cultural identity and to being culturally responsive. In addition, psychologists who represent historically disenfranchised communities have similarly reflected on their own journey, while offering commentary to the personal stories of White psychologists.

Click here to see Dr. Miguel Gallardo's presentation.


Latino Families in Therapy
A book by Celia Jaes Falicov



 Coming soon!


Culturally Responsive Counseling for Latinas/os
A book by Dr. Patricia Arredondo