R. Lillianne Macias, M.A., Graduate Research Associate for the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change
R. Lillianne Macias, M.A. is a graduate research associate for the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change, a project of Georgia State University and Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities. Lillie is a doctoral candidate completing her training in clinical and community psychology under the direction of Julia Perilla. She currently works in the area of program development and evaluation with the Lideres program, a joint effort of Caminar Latino and Casa de Esperanza, in Atlanta, GA in supporting Latina community leaders. Lillie also provides individual and group therapy in the Atlanta area to Latino youth affected by domestic violence, and to sexual and ethnic minorities living with HIV/AIDS and recovering from substance abuse. Being a bicultural Latina of Mexican-American heritage, Lillie’s interests in research and practice align with her personal commitment to the promotion of wellbeing among marginalized families and Latin@ communities.
Rebecca Rodriguez, M.A., Doctoral Student in Community Psychology, Georgia State University
Rebecca Rodriguez, M.A. is a doctoral student in Community Psychology at Georgia State University and conducts research for the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change under the direction of Dr. Julia Perilla. Using participatory methods, Rebecca's research interests broadly focus on intergenerational family dynamics among immigrant Latino families, including acculturation and it’s impact on the transmission of violence. Rebecca works with Latin@ youth at Caminar Latino as a support group facilitator and in conducting participatory action research. As a child of Mexican migrant farm laborers she is also passionate about social justice for migrant laborers.
Alvina Rosales, M.A., Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Georgia State University
Alvina Rosales, M.A. is in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Julia Perilla, Alvina approaches research from empowerment, ecological systems, and social justice theoretical perspectives. Her research and clinical work has focused on culturally-adapted domestic violence intervention programs, program evaluation, culturally-relevant trauma therapies with youth and adults, and the impacts of immigration policies on Latin@ families. Alvina’s cultural heritage is Mexican-American/Chicana. She is from Southern California, and also lived in Jalisco, Mexico.
Nashalys Rodriguez, Graduate Student in Community Psychology, Georgia State University
Nashalys Rodriguez is a graduate student in Community Psychology at Georgia State University. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Perilla, she conducts research for the National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change. Nashalys works as a group facilitator with Latin@ youth at Caminar Latino in Atlanta, GA. Throughout her academic career, she has been interested in social justice and diversity. Nashalys developed an interest in intersectionalities of social identities, especially race/ethnicity and gender, in her undergraduate studies. Her research interests are on the relationships Latin@s have with their environments and how that affects their mental health and other outcomes. Nashalys is a Latina of Puerto Rican descent from New Jersey.