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Program Evaluator -- UCSB

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Paris DaSilva


LGBTQ+ Health Disparities Technical Research Coordinator

París, a transgender Latina, received her dual BS/BA in Molecular Biology and Spanish from California State University, Monterey Bay, where she studied the cell cycle and growth control pathways of S. cerevisiae and sociolinguistic barriers to healthcare for monolingual Spanish speakers. She recently obtained her MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University, where she also worked as an investigator on healthcare barriers and disparities for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Eric D. Cortez, M.S.


Grant Administrator

Eric received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. His research focuses on the mental health and overall well-being of the Latinx LGBTQ+ community.

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Jacquelyn (Jackie) Chin, M.A.


Graduate Student Researcher

Jacquelyn Chin is a doctoral student in the Counseling Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and clinical work aim to support creative mental health interventions for Black LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Isaiah Jay Jones


Graduate Student Researcher

Isaiah Jay Jones (he/they) is a first-generation "Blackxican" (Black and Mexican) student pursuing his doctoral degree in the Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology PhD Program at UCSB, and participating as a student clinician in the Healing Space. His research interests focus on community and peer based coping strategies surrounding minority and intersectional disparities, help-seeking and health behaviors, emotion regulation, and identity-related experiences.

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Alison Cerezo, Ph.D.



PI/Lead Strategy Evaluator

Alison Cerezo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Cerezo’s primary line of research centers on reducing social and health disparities for Latinx and African American sexual and gender diverse communities. Dr. Cerezo uses qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies and has carried out research on sexual and gender diverse communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

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Amaranta (Amy) Ramirez, M.A.


Graduate Student Researcher

Amy is a counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she actively conducts research on LGBTQ mental health, social media and connection. She is also active on projects regarding health and mental health disparities at the intersection of race and ethnicity, with specific focus on Black and Latinx women, trans and non-binary individuals.

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Nicole Ramirez


Graduate Student Researcher

Nicole Ramirez (she/they) is a queer, Latina, first-generation doctoral student in the Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology program (CCSP) at UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests center on community and policy in the development of culturally-relevant and innovative mental health interventions for LGBTQ+, minoritized women and youth.

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David B. Rivera, M.A. 


Graduate Student Researcher

David is a doctoral student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His areas of research focus on addressing health disparities among sexual and gender minorities of color.

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