Jennifer Diaz Navarro is a first-year clinical psychology PhD student. Jenny is a proud alumna of UCLA, where she graduated with double majors in sociology and psychology and participated in the Culture and Anxiety Lab for Mental Health Advances.
Jennifer's research interests include Latino parenting styles, intrafamilial trauma, and the impact of mother warmth on parent-child relationships. She is particularly interested in community-based interventions and culturally competent care. Jennifer is also interested in working with children and families experiencing trauma in the clinical setting.
Prior to starting her PhD, Jennifer worked as a research assistant at the UC Davis Collaborative Start lab, where she helped train peer navigators to guide families that just received an autism diagnosis to navigate community resources. She also worked as a mental health worker at a community mental health clinic with children and families in Santa Ana for three years which gave birth to her passion to provide quality care to low-income families and provide adequate support and resources to community workers.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, dog, and friends. Her hobbies include hiking, dancing banda, weight-lifting, and exploring new coffee shops.