Diana is currently a clinical psychology doctoral student at Loma Linda University’s School of Behavioral Health. Her research interests include child pathology and effective dissemination of behavioral health support for underserved communities. Diana graduated from UCLA where she conducted research at the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior under the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program. Afterwards, Diana worked as a behavioral therapist supporting underserved children and families from the San Fernando Valley.
Diana’s dissertation consists of supporting community health workers’ effective implementation of therapeutic interventions. Community health workers (CHW) work to reduce truancy of underserved youth in the San Bernardino District. Her goal is to construct an effective training method that incorporates mental health support for CHWs in order to promote confidence, resiliency, and reduce burnout. As such, she hopes to foster therapeutic understanding, resiliency and coping ability in community health workers so they can take back this knowledge for the betterment of underserved youth in their community.