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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 

  • Immigrant Health 

  • Mental Health

  • Health Disparities 

  • Traumatic Stress 

  • Developmental Psychopathology 

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Undergraduate Research Assistants 

Ximena is a second-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

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Cindy is a third-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 the relationship between trauma exposure and Latinx mental health. After graduation, she plans on taking a gap year before eventually applying to PA school. In her spare time, she likes attending concerts for some of her favorite artists. 

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Gabby Schlossberg 

Gabby is a third-year student who is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminal Justice. She is very interested in mental health and it's impact on risk-taking/criminal behavior. After graduation, she hopes to attend a Clinical Psychology PhD program. In her spare time, she loves traveling and going to concerts. 


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America Hernandez

America is a fourth-year student at UGA. She is a double major in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Latinx and Caribbean Studies. Her research interests include Latinx populations, identity intersectionality, and genome science. Following graduation she plans on taking a gap year before attending dental school in 2024. When she is not busy studying, she enjoys cooking, scrolling through Pinterest, lifting weighs and cleaning.


Bansari Shah

Bansari is a second-year Health Promotion major with an emphasis in Behavioral Medicine. After graduation, she plans to apply to medical school to pursue a career as a pediatrician. In her free time, she likes baking, traveling, and going on hikes!


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.

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