Born in Cambridge, MA. MSW from Simmons University, BS in Psychology from Suffolk University.
"What brought me into the Latino Mental Health Program, is my passion for working with the Latinx population and what I believe is the need for more clinicians/providers of color who can address cultural humility from another perspective. Being raised by two immigrant parents, I have been able to see first hand the barriers that this population endures on a daily basis when it comes to access to services, employment, and education."
Born in McAllen, Texas. MA in Clinical Psychology from Roger William University, BA in Psychology from Franklin & Marshall College.
"Upon receiving the Lucero scholarship, I was overcome by excitement knowing that this would give me the financial support that would bring me closer to my goal of serving Latino communities as a clinical psychologist. Being a Lucero scholar will always be something that I cherish. It is my goal to continue serving the Latino community and follow in the footsteps of Dr. Cynthia Lucero."
Born in Miami, Florida. BA in Sociology from the University of Florida.
"When I had the honor of being awarded this scholarship, little did I know all that I would gain from being a Lucero scholar. I have had the privilege to work alongside Dr. Bennasar, and am forever grateful for her mentorship, compassion, and charm that reminds me so much of home. I have also had the opportunity to work alongside her for a research project in collaboration with the doctors that we work with in Guayaquil, Ecuador. I also have the opportunity to travel to Ecuador this summer, through one of the summer immersion programs offered by William James College. I am extremely humbled and grateful to be a Lucero scholar and for the all the opportunities it has given me. "
Born in Manati, Puerto Rico. BA in Justice Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.
"Being a Lucero scholar has provided me with the financial assistance to move forward in my studies, and overlaps with my professional goals. Some of my clinical interests and passion are report writing in Spanish, biofeedback, and utilizing my Spanish speaking capabilities to positively impact the lives of underserved Spanish speaking populations. Additionally, I envision myself pursuing a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology and a MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology. Lastly, it is an honor to have been chosen as one of the LMHP scholars and I am truly grateful to be a part of the LMHP team."
Born in Newark, NJ. EdM and MA in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, BA in psychology from College of Saint Elizabeth.
"Being a Lucero scholar has provided me with the privilege and honor of off-site supervision by the director of the Latino Mental Health program, Dr. Mari Carmen Bennasar. This was my first time being supervised by a Latina psychologist. Her support, supervision and mentorship has been a vital part of my training and professional development. Humility, compassion and leadership cannot be taught but rather felt by the hearth through interaction. That is what I have learned from her presence and by her example. I am grateful for these powerful learning opportunities as well as the financial assistance that the program has provided me."
Born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. BA in Psychology from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
"From the moment I decided to complete my graduate studies in United States I wanted to contribute to the Latino Community. My interest in working with Latinos originated from my own background as a Puerto Rican, and from my constant involvement with the Latino community through internships and voluntary community work. Growing up my entire life and being part of the Latino Community, I knew that my knowledge and preparation in the psychological field was intended to be constructed towards the Latino Community."
Born in Cali, Colombia. BS in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
"As a first generation immigrant, I look forward to making a difference in my community and hopefully spread my passion to future Latino generations. My immigration journey and the love for my culture is what fuels my commitment with the Latino population."
Born and raised in Massachusetts.
"Working in the field of Psychology, the need for more culturally-sensitive mental health services is apparent. I am proud to have found a program that highlights the beauty and diversity within the Latino culture and focuses on the resilience factors among the Latino community."
Born and raised in Wisconsin. American University.
"It is my hope that through William James College, I will be able to continue my work with Latino, gang-involved youth as a socially responsible Clinical Psychologist focusing on the impacts of violence and trauma, and attune to the multicultural needs of my clientele."
Born in Medellin, Colombia. BA in Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology for Spanish-English Bilinguals from Montclair State University.
"My interest in working with Latinos originated from my own background as a Colombian immigrant, and from my constant involvement with the Latino community through internships and voluntary community work."
Born and raised in New Jersey. BA in Psychology from The University of Florida, Gainesville; Masters in ESL and Multicultural Education from New Jersey City University.
"Receiving the Lucero Scholarship at William James College is a tremendous honor. Although I was not fortunate to have met the late Cynthia Lucero, a graduate of William James College, in whose commemoration the scholarship is awarded, I am aware of the strong commitment she had to serving the Latino community."
Born in Tejutla, San Marcos, Guatemala. B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Riverside; M.A. in Counseling Psychology from William James College (class of 2012), concentration in Latino Mental Health; Clinical PsyD Program, Concentration in Latino Mental Health.
"It is an honor to be one of the Lucero Scholars. With great humility, I hope to continue fulfilling Dr. Cynthia Lucero's mission and commitment to provide quality and competent mental health care to the Latino Community."
Born in Los Angeles, California. Family originally from Mexico and Guatemala. University of California, Santa Barbara, BA in Law & Society, Psychology. Clinical PsyD Program, Concentration in Latino Mental Health and Childhood, Adolescence & Family.
"Being a Lucero Scholar means that I have the privilege of keeping the work of the late Dr. Cynthia Lucero going. In this way, I have taken on the special commitment and responsibility to provide quality mental health care to the Latino community."
Born in Lima, Peru. BA in Psychology with a Minor in Latin America and Latino Studies from Montclair State University Clinical PsyD Program.
"Being a Lucero scholar has provided me with the financial assistance to pursue doctoral training in Clinical Psychology as well as work with the Latino population."
Originally from Puerto Rico, but family resides in CT for 20+ years. University of Connecticut, BA in Psychology and Sociology; Boston College, MA in Counseling Clinical PsyD Program, Latino Mental Health Concentration.
"Being selected as the second Lucero Scholar was one of the biggest honors I've received throughout my entire academic career. I saw it as a calling."