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Our Team

Thania Galvan, PhD 

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Thania Galvan, PhD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Galvan is the director of the FUERTE lab and an assistant professor in the clinical psychology program at the University of Georgia. She received her doctorate from the clinical child psychology PhD program at the University of Denver, did an APA-accredited internship in the child track at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed an NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is also a scholar in the Latinx Immigrant Health Alliance (LIHA). Her research is centered on promoting the well-being and positive development of Latinx youth and their families via the elimination of health disparities. Specifically, Dr. Galvan uses community-driven, culturally and contextually responsive research methodologies to understand the factors that contribute to, maintain, or exacerbate health disparities for Latinx families. As a bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural psychologist, she is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity and representation in the mental health field. 

Area of Interest

  • Latinx Youth and Families 

  • Latinx Immigrant Health 

  • Mental Health Disparities

  • Traumatic Stress 

  • Developmental Psychopathology

  • Community-Based Research Methodologies

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Lab Coordinators 

Ximena is a third year student at the University of Georgia. She is a double major in Cognitive Science and Psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Her research interests include Latinx populations, mental health, neuropsychology, & cognitive and developmental disorders, Following graduation, she plans to go onto a clinical psychology doctorate program where she hopes to specialize in neuropsychology. Outside of school, she enjoys spending the majority of her time with her family watching a movie, going on walks, or baking some simple but sweet goods.

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Cindy Argueta

Cindy is a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia who is majoring in psychology with a minor in American Sign Language. Her research interests include parental roles and how they influence mental health in Latinx families, specifically the influence they have on children. She is also interested in health disparities in the Latinx community. After graduation, she plans on doing a post-bacc in psychology and eventually want to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs. In her spare time, she likes attending concerts for some of her favorite artists. 

Graduate Students 


Amanda Perozo-Garcia

Amanda is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UGA. She is interested in researching mental health in Latinx youth and within the Latinx family structure. In her free time, Amanda likes to read, dance, do yoga/pilates, and cook

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Dominique L. La Barrie

Dominique is a 5th-year developmental psychology graduate student with a focus on the impact of racial discrimination on Black and Latinx families and youth. Her research explores how cultural processes like ethnic-racial socialization can mitigate discrimination's negative effects. She aspires to pursue an academic career and support underrepresented marginalized students in academia. In her free time, Dominique enjoys watching movies, knitting, and weightlifting

Undergraduate Research Assistants 


Alejandro Lopez

Alejandro is a third-year student who is majoring in Psychology. His primary research interests are mental health struggles in the LGBTQ+ community and developmental psychology. After graduation, he plans on attending graduate school to get a master's in clinical psychology!


Madison Kilpatrick

Madison is a third-year Biology and Spanish major. Her primary research interests are in the field of mental health. One of her goals after graduation is to attend medical school to pursue her dream career. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and with her sister's cats. She is so excited to grow with the team, as we learn more about the people in our community and ways we can give back!


Sofia Castañeda

Sofia is a third-year psychology major. She is passionate about psychology and is interested in seeing how it can be applied to help alleviate the mental health disparities that exist in the Latinx community. After UGA, she want to get her masters in school psychology and hopefully follow it up with an EdS. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym and hanging out with friends.


Gabriela Castillo 

Gabriela is a third-year Biology major at the University of Georgia. Her passions include research focused on Latinx communities and serving at the Good News Clinic in Gainesville, GA as a Medical Assistant and Medical Translator. She has aspirations of attending medical school and opening a non-profit primary care clinic that serves low-income families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and jogging on scenic trails.

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Bianca Cardona 

Bianca is a second-year Psychology and Theatre major. She is interested in development psychology and drama therapy. Her goals for after graduation are to make it into a PsyD program to work towards becoming a counseling psychologist. She loves to play video and board games.


Emily Garcia-Delgado

Emily Garcia-Delgado is a third year student at the University of Georgia who is majoring in Biology.  After UGA, she plans to take a gap year before applying to PA school. In her free time, she enjoys working out, grabbing coffee with friends, and traveling.

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