Lab Members

Jessica G. Perez-Chavez is a Counseling Psychology PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include: multiculturalism, immigration, youth, race, and racism. She is on the editorial board of Latinx Psychology Today (LPT) and the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Student Service Award from Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Silvia P. Salas, PhD is a staff psychotherapist at the Counseling Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Her research interests focuses on understanding how membership in multiple minoritized groups influences stress and coping among Trans Latinx immigrants. She serves on the editorial board of Latinx Psychology Today (LPT).

Mackenzie T. Goertz, MA is a Counseling Psychology PhD student at Marquette University. She is interested in identifying factors that contribute to White Racial Identity Development and exploring how Whiteness operates to maintain a racially unjust society. She serves on the editorial board of Latinx Psychology Today (LPT) as a student editor.

Chelsea L. Parker, MA is a mental health practitioner in the community. She has extensive experience working with unaccompanied youth in Chicago. Her research interests include immigration, unaccompanied minors, white responsibility to dismantle racism, and White Racial Identity Development.

Xochitl Cruz is completing her masters degree in higher education at DePaul University in Chicago. She has worked with students from high school to community college and has a passion for advocating and supporting students through the institutional barriers they face on a regular basis. Xochitl plans to pursue a PhD degree in the future.

Claire R. Manley, MA is a graduate of the Latinx Mental Health concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is interested in researching the role of power and privilege, and the factors that are associated with both openness and resistance of White people to engage in social and racial justice.

Carla da Cunha is a Counseling Psychology graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, specializing in Latinx Mental Health. As an international student from South Africa, she is interested in exploring the presence of institutional racism, especially the ways in which racial oppression impacts individuals, groups, and communities.

Radia Mchabcheb is a Counseling Psychology graduate student at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, specializing in Latinx Mental Health. She is interested in researching the ways in which racism and immigration policies affect Latinx and MENA youth.  Radia is also interested in exploring the particular ways racism and inequality manifest themselves in LGBTQ youth of color.

Princesa Chavez is the cutest and most adorable member of the IC-RACE Lab. Princesa is an avid supporter of social and racial justice and believes in equity, equality, and dignity for both people and animals. She helps lab members de-stress through her smiles and hugs. She enjoys dancing, waging her tail, eating gourmet cookies, and playing with her toys.

Britney Alford, PsyD; Yenny Avila, MA; Karen Bugarin, MA; Nancy Chavez, MA; Robert L. Mendez, MA; Leah Hirsh; Shanna N. Smith, MA;