Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to encourage and empower underrepresented students, including first generation college and students of color, to pursue careers and advanced degrees in psychology.

About

MISSION

The Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to help diversify the field of psychology by creating a pipeline for underrepresented students, specifically first generation college and students of color. Through the various pipeline programs - Psychology Internship Program (PIP), Psychology Scholars Program (PSP), and Psychology Outreach Program (POP) - the hope is to motivate students from historically underrepresented groups to explore and pursue advanced degrees and careers in mental health.

OBJECTIVES

  • To increase awareness about educational options and career paths in psychology
  • To provide hands on opportunities in the study and field of psychology
  • To inspire historically underrepresented students to seek advanced degrees in psychology
  • To develop a higher education pipeline through culturally affirming mentorship

Programs

PSYCHOLOGY OUTREACH PROGRAM

Psychology Outreach Program (POP) partners with local high schools, colleges, and community agencies to offer free panel presentations to target underrepresented students who are interested in learning about the mental health field. The main objective of the presentations is to increase awareness and interest about psychology as a profession. Panelists share their personal journeys of becoming graduate students and clinical psychologists.

If you're interested in learning more about POP, please contact Anatasia Kim, PhD at: akim@wi.edu

PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Mission

Psychology Internship Program (PIP) partners with local high schools in the Bay Area to provide internships that enhance the students' awareness and knowledge about higher education, graduate school training, and career options in clinical psychology. Through a culturally affirming mentorship model, PIP aims to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in higher education and in the field of psychology.

Goals
To provide opportunities for motivated high school students to:
  • Explore careers in psychology
  • Be mentored by graduate students and professionals in the field
  • Engage in college and graduate level learning through weekly seminars and research project
  • Apply classroom learning to their community
  • Attend and/or present at professional workshops/conferences
  • Develop skills and identity as an advanced degree professional
PIP Program Overview
Fall: Didactic Training Part I - Establishing the Academic Foundation
Fall Goals & Objectives
Goal #1: To develop a general foundation of the field of psychology.
Objective: To increase awareness and understanding of various subfields, areas, and careers in the field of psychology through lectures, readings, and discussions.
Goal #2: To identify personal motivation and career interests/goals in psychology.
Objective: To identify reasons for interest and concrete goals in psychology through discussions, exercises, and activities.
Goal #3: To explore and identify a research topic of interest.
Objective: To identify a research topic of interest through readings, online research (literature search), activities, and discussions.
College & Graduate School Aspirations & Plans
In addition to the above, Interns will participate in self-exploration, research, and discussions about their personal college and graduate school aspirations and plans. This will be facilitated by readings, discussions, guest speakers, occasional field trips to local colleges and universities (e.g., UC Berkeley).
Mentors will also send information and resources about colleges and graduate school programs to parents/family.
Mid Year Celebration!!! (TBA)
Winter: Didactic Training Part II - Establishing the Academic Foundation; Developing a Professional Identity
Winter Goals & Objectives
Goal #1: To complete a research project and paper on a topic of interest identified during Fall seminar.
Objective: To develop a research project by conducting literature search, engaging in critical analysis, and completing a written paper. Interns will receive weekly support through discussions, consultations, and feedback from peers and Mentors.
Goal #2: To attend a minimum of 2 graduate classes being offered at TWI during the Winter term.
Objective: To participate in graduate level classes in order to increase exposure, experience, and comfort in higher education settings. It is the intention that such participation and experience will not only demystify the graduate school experience but as well increase the Intern's confidence in their own capacity to successfully pursue advanced degrees in Psychology.
Goal #3: To attend a minimum of 1 professional workshop/conference in psychology at the state/local level.
Objective: It is the intention that such participation and experience will not only demystify the professional advanced degree experience but as well increase the Intern's confidence in their own capacity to successfully pursue advanced degrees in Psychology.
College & Graduate School Aspirations & Plans: See Fall Goals & Objectives.
Spring: Application of Theory - Beyond the Classroom
Spring Goals & Objectives
Goal #1: To transform theory and learning in the classroom to practice and application in the community.
Objectives: (a) To understand the link between theory and practice; (b) to translate research project and paper from 2 previous terms into application and practice at community level; (c) and to experience giving back to one's community in the form of education, resources, and service.
Examples of application projects: pamphlet/in-service on managing panic and anxiety; table on mental health issues at high school health fair; short-term peer group for girls and managing peer pressure; community panel presentation on pipeline to advanced degrees in psychology; etc.
Goal #2: To construct a developing narrative about oneself as a college. student, graduate student, and successful professional.
Objective: To actively engage in constructing a life narrative about oneself as a successful student and professional. To this end, the Intern will synthesize experiences gained in the past academic year and actively integrate them into own narrative as a successful student and future professional.
College & Graduate School Aspirations & Plans: See Fall Goals & Objectives.
Graduation & Celebration!!! (TBA)
Roles & Expectations
Interns are expected to:
Meet with mentor for pre and post program interviews.
Travel to TWI for seminars, classes, and meetings.
Participate in seminar requirements including reading articles, writing. papers, presenting their work, and developing projects.
Attend at least one professional workshop/conference.
Attend orientation and end of the year graduation celebration.
Mentors are expected to:
Lead 2 seminars weekly with interns.
Meet with individual interns as needed.
Touch base with intern's parents/guardians/family.
Work collaboratively with high school teachers and staff.
Attend weekly supervision with Program Director Dr. Anatasia S. Kim.
Parent/family members are expected to:
Meet/talk with mentor for pre and post program interviews.
Contact PIP staff any time with any questions/concerns.
Attend orientation and end of the year graduation celebration.

PSYCHOLOGY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Mission

Psychology Scholars Program (PSP) offers long-term, culturally affirming mentorship and support to students who are currently enrolled or have completed undergraduate studies and are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in clinical psychology. Mentorship will be offered in the form of close working relationships with professionals in the field, including clinical psychologists, graduate students, and relevant administrative staff (e.g., admissions director).

Mentorship & Support
PSP participants will have direct access to:
  • Help with graduate school applications
  • Feedback on essay writing
  • Resume/curriculum vitae development
  • Assistance with securing relevant clinical and/or research experiences
  • Exploring education and careers options in the field
  • Individualized guidance in the application process
  • Ongoing mentorship

How to Apply

Eligibility:
This program is intended for undergraduates or graduates who are:
  • First generation college students
  • Students of color and other historically underrepresented students in higher education
  • Note: students/graduates need not be psychology majors
  • The program overview

Application:

To be considered for this program, please complete and submit the following:
  • Application form
  • Cover letter stating why you are applying to this program and how you would benefit from participating
  • Copy of most recent transcript w/ GPA
  • Copy of your resume/curriculum vitae (CV)

The Psychology Scholars Program is currently not accepting applications.

For inquiries regarding the program, please contact: Anatasia S. Kim, Ph.D. at: akim@wi.edu
Please include in the email subject line: TWI Psychology Scholars Program

Staff & Scholars

PIP

Interns
2012-2013
  • Ilse Valencia
  • Nubia Flores
  • Allison Ortega
  • Kathleen Fong
  • Carlos Diaz
2013-2014
  • Christopher Gonzalez
  • Rodriana Robinson
  • Francisco Garcia
  • Victor Ramirez
  • Mayra Aguilar
  • Jalin Adams
  • Ellie Ochoa
  • Hilda Chavez
Staff
2012-2013
  • Herminia Hernandez, PsyD, PIP Intern
  • Miriam Wollesen, PsyD, PIP Mentor
  • Munn Saechao, MA, MSW, PPSC, Program Assistant
2014-2015
  • Eliseo Artiga, MA, PIP Mentor
  • Sabrina Espinoza, MA, PIP Mentor
  • Munn Saechao, MA, MSW, PPSC, Assistant Director
  • Anatasia Kim, PhD, Program Director

PSP

Scholars
2017-2018
  • Adriana Mendoza Favila
  • Alyssa Foster
  • Shellin Chuong
  • Judy Wang
Staff
2017-2018
  • Crystal Faith Cajilog
  • Herminia Hernandez
  • Oscar Ureño
Alumni Scholars
  • Alex Nunez
  • Andrea Mejia
  • Catrina Caneda
  • Cherry Youn
  • Itzel Cortes
  • Leslie Ho
  • Lidia Gomez
  • Liliana Campos
  • Shefali Dutt
  • Stephanie Franco
  • Zi Wang
Past Staff
  • Abigail Johal, MA
  • Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D.
  • Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
  • Brenda Padilla, PsyD, MSW
  • Monica Noriega, BA
  • Munn Saechao, MA, MSW, PPSC

PROGRAM STAFF

Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
Program Director, WIPAD

Anatasia S. Kim, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. She is a National Ronald McNair Scholar and the recipient of number of awards including American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, Okura Mental Health Fellowship, and most recently APAGS Guardian of Psychology Award. In addition to teaching, she has a private practice in Berkeley specializing in treating adolescents/young adults with anxiety disorders, depression, and neurocognitive deficits using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In recent years, she served as President of the Alameda County Psychological Association, member of California Psychological Association’s (CPA) Governmental Affairs Steering Committee, Chair of CPA’s Immigration Task Force, and CPA’s state Diversity Delegate. She has also served on various local boards including Ethnic Health Institute and Berkeley Alliance aimed at addressing educational and health disparities in Alameda County. Her current projects include: recruitment and retention of ethnic minority students in graduate training; pipeline for advanced degrees in psychology for historically underrepresented students; courageous conversations about culture and diversity; and public policy and legislative advocacy.


Andre Casas
Andre Casas
R&R Graduate Research Assistant (2018)

Andre received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business and Organizational Behavior from UC San Diego. As an undergraduate he conducted research on motivation and learning at the Fantino Operant Conditioning Lab; he was also a counseling intern and tutor for middle and high school students for the Literacy Enrichment and Early Academic Outreach Programs at The Preuss School UCSD. As part of his Psy.D. training at the Wright Institute, he currently works with groups and individuals as a counselor in the West Contra Costa Unified School District for the Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration. This summer, Andre will begin his Clinical Traineeship as a therapist for the UCSF Alliance Health Project. His research interests include: art and its influence on health and well-being, gender studies, and identity formation. In his free time, he enjoys making and listening to music, reading, and riding his bike.


Claudia Miranda
Claudia Miranda
PIP Lead Research Assistant and R&R Graduate Research Assistant (2018)

Claudia Miranda is a first-generation Chilean American and bay area native. She received her B.S. in Psychobiology from UC Davis and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. from The Wright Institute. Prior to attending graduate school, Claudia volunteered at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County as a crisis counselor and worked at a nonprofit that helped low-income families get access to local, state, and federal resources. She is currently completing her first-year practicum training at Contra Costa High Schools/ Gateway to College Counseling program and will be at the Carl B. Metoyer Center for Family Counseling in East Oakland for her second-year clinical training. Claudia is passionate about providing mental health services to underserved communities and supporting minorities in their pursuit of higher education.


Onyinye Onwuzulike
Onyinye Onwuzulike
R&R Research Assistant (2018)

Onyinye Onwuzulike is a Nigerian-born, bay area native who recently graduated with a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Southern California. Onyinye has always been passionate about working with children. In her early years, she served in her church’s nursery, tutored elementary to high school age kids and helped feed the homeless through programs such as Feeding America and Feed the Children. She recently found her passion to work with African American youth in the area of mental illness. She believes that fighting for black youth is a necessary form of social activism against a system that is often ignorant to the care they need. Onyinye discovered this deeper passion working as a community service coordinator through YouthWorks, a non-profit organization that provides an entire summer of community service opportunities to youth of all ages and ethnicities, as well as her travels to the Phillippines, serving underserved youth, teaching English and providing other academic services. She currently volunteers at the San Francisco general hospital in their psychiatric department, infant, child and adolescent division, observing their clinical child operations and learning research protocol as a research assistant. Onyinye is in the process of applying to Psy.D programs in clinical psychology. Her work would specifically like to center around the economic and social factors that affect education and treatment of mental illness among black families, in an ongoing effort to empower and inspire aspiring psychologists to fight for their underrepresented communities.


James Serrano
James Serrano
R&R Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)

James Serrano is a first-generation student raised by the warmth of a Filipino household currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley. While enjoying the culture and radiance of the Bay Area, he constantly misses the crisp ocean mist and the savory aromas of Mexican taco trucks from his hometown in Los Angeles. Through his experiences navigating the difficult world of higher education and professional development, James has paved his path with experiences in mentorship, counseling, and the empowerment of disadvantaged individuals. James is currently a camp counselor for Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer, a peer counselor at Student-to-Student Peer Counseling, and a peer advisor at the Cal Career Center. James looks forward to continuing to use his blessings and privilege to empower and inspire.


Alexander Rodriguez
Alexander Rodriguez
R&R Undergraduate Research Assistant (2018)

Alex is a senior pursuing his B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He is Latinx and a 1.5 generation college student from Long Beach in Southern California. Alex currently works as a Peer Advisor at the UC Berkeley Career Center, where he helps undergraduates revise their resumes and cover letters and empowers his clients to achieve their highest career potential. He has additionally worked as a Research Assistant in Kring’s Emotion and Social Interaction Lab and Mendoza-Denton’s Relationships and Social Cognition Lab. Lastly, Alex has served as a Peer Counselor through Student-to-Student Peer Counseling and volunteers as a college mentor to high schoolers at his high school back home. Alex is particularly interested in how culture and stigma vary and affect mental health in communities of color and wants to help more youth of color get into higher education. He also loves to dance!


Past Staff

Suzanne Munganga
Suzanne Munganga
R&R Graduate Research Assistant (2018)

Suzanne Munganga received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. Since graduating from UCLA, she completed two years of Master’s level coursework in Marriage and Family Therapy before embarking on her Psy.D. journey at the Wright Institute. Suzanne is currently a first-year clinical psychology doctoral student, and her clinical experience includes psychodynamic-focused child and adolescent therapy at Lighthouse Charter School as well as behavioral counseling through Seneca Family of Agencies. She is looking forward to doing her second-year clinical work at the Wright Institute Psychodynamic Clinic, where she plans to gain experience in community-based programs. Suzanne has a personal and professional interest in advocacy for communities of color and immigrant populations.


Abigail Johal, M.A.
Abigail Johal, M.A.
PIP Graduate Mentor (2017-2018)
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2016-2017)

Abi Johal, M.A., is a Bay Area native and received her B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley in 2014. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant for Ann Kring’s Emotion and Social Interaction Lab, an intern at the Trauma and Stress Recovery Center in San Francisco, a crisis counselor for Bay Area Women Against Rape, and a program coordinator for Student-to-Student Peer Counseling at Cal. Abi is currently a graduate student in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute. She is completing her practicum training at Kaiser Oakland’s Child and Family Psychiatry and has also worked for the UCSF Alliance Health Project and the Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration. Abi’s interests include research and clinical work with underserved children, adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community.


DeVonna Jacobs, M.A.
DeVonna Jacobs, M.A.
PIP Graduate Mentor (2017-2018)

DeVonna Jacobs, M.A., received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College of CA in 2013. During her undergraduate career, she was a psychology research assistant, while also working in the Women’s Resource Center. DeVonna is currently a third year clinical psychology graduate student at the Wright Institute. Her previous practicum experience include Gateway to College and Bay Area Addiction Research and treatment. She is currently providing mental health services to  LGBTQ+ clients of color in San Francisco. DeVonna’ s clinical interest includes working with  transitional age youth to destigmatize the concept of therapy in communities of color.


Iman Labanieh
Iman Labanieh
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2018)

Iman Labanieh is a fifth year student studying Psychology and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She hopes to one day become a therapist in the Muslim community, but in the meantime is navigating her life as a Syrian Muslim womxn living in the diaspora. In her field, Iman is interested in studying the public and mental health effects of intergenerational trauma on communities of color and how we can begin to undo these traumas on structural and intrapersonal levels. Forever trying to unlearn societal expectations, you can find her drinking tea and napping on a grass lawn, pondering what it means to live a life of love and liberation.


Alithu Manrique
Alithu Manrique
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2018)

Ali is a fourth year first generation student pursuing her B.A. in Psychology and minoring in Education at UC Berkeley. She was born in Peru but currently resides in the Central Valley. She is currently working as a College Advisor at East Bay Consortium in Oakland, where she advises predominantly low-income, first generation high school students in order to demystify higher education. In the past, Ali has been a research assistant in Zhou’s Family and Culture lab, as well as a program coordinator for Student to- Student Peer Counseling at UC Berkeley. Ali wants to focus on helping underrepresented communities by looking at how culture and family history affect their mental health concerns.


Kristina Martinez
Kristina Martinez
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2018)

Kristina received her B.A. in Psychology and Journalism from California State University, Chico, in 2016. Currently, she is a Case Manager for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. Working with current/former homeless transitional age youth who identify as LGBTQ+. Kristina is also attending City College of San Francisco working towards obtaining her Community Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate. She is passionate about working with underserved communities and youth/families of color in the Bay Area.


Renata Way, Psy.D.
Renata Way, Psy.D.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2017-2018)

Renata Way, PsyD, received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She currently works full-time at the WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, CA, where she is completing her residency. Prior to WestCoast, Dr. Way was in private practice as a psychology assistant primarily working with adults, as well as providing school-based treatment and consultation with the Wright Institute School Based Collaborative. Dr. Way has worked with Dr. Kim on various research projects. Additionally, she has presented at multiple national conferences. Dr. Way’s clinical interest include: consulting, crisis intervention, psychological assessments, and psychotherapy for children, families, and adults. She has worked with many different individuals who have experienced complex and inter-generational trauma. She has also worked with teens and young adults in navigating developmental challenges, as well as experiences had within the social welfare system. Lastly, Dr. Way has a passion and commitment for working from a social justice perspective–integrating the whole experiences of the individuals with whom she works. Dr. Way brings to the team her cultural sensitivity, exuberant and effervescent energy, and flare for holistic, integrative health and treatment.


Oscar Ureño, Psy.D.
Oscar Ureño, Psy.D.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2017-2018)

Oscar Ureño is a first generation, bilingual, bi-cultural Clinical Psychologist of Mexican heritage. He was raised in Los Angeles by two first generation immigrants alongside two younger brothers and a younger sister. He attended California State University, Los Angeles where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology. After two years of post-baccalaureate clinical research at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Los West Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital working in a research team interested in understanding medication adherence among US Veterans, he moved to the San Francisco Bay ares to attend the Wright Institute. Dr. Ureño earned a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2012 and has worked primarily with African American and Latino/a youth and their family in East Oakland. He currently works for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in the Youth Uprising/Casltemont Health clinic. His has a small private practice in Oakland. His clinical interest includes working with communities of color to address issues of racism, oppression, and trauma. He supports patients to understand, work-through and manage symptoms to have a more fulfilling life. Dr. Ureño is the first in his family to graduate from high school and attend college. He lives, works and plays in Oakland with his wife, son and three dogs. He enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with friends.


Herminia Hernandez, Psy.D.
Herminia Hernandez, Psy.D.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2017-2018)
PIP Graduate Mentor (2013-2014)

Herminia Hernández, PsyD, is a native Spanish-speaker and bicultural clinician serving as a Clinical Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente, Department of Psychiatry in San Rafael, CA. Dr. Hernández received her BA in Politics and Legal Studies in 2004, from UC Santa Cruz. Before entering graduate school in 2010, Dr. Hernández worked as a program director at the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program, a resource center for youth in the foster care system. Dr. Hernández received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She completed her post-doctoral training at UCSF/SF General Child Adolescent Services, working with children and families that have been exposed to trauma. Dr. Hernández’ interests include working with marginalized populations who have been exposed to severe trauma and violence using culturally informed and strengths-based perspectives.


Crystal Faith Cajilog, M.A.
Crystal Faith Cajilog, M.A.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2017-2018)

Crystal Faith Cajilog is a 4th year graduate student studying Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She has been working with adolescents at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center and conducting assessments for the Juvenile Justice Court for the past 2 years. Her past placements include with Acknowledge Alliance: psychodynamic therapy with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system and at the Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (IHPTP). Crystal also works as a Counselor for crisis psychiatric facilities in Redwood City, CA. She is available by email, at: ccajilog@wi.edu.


Lily Saephan
Lily Saephan
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Lily is a Mien, first-generation college student obtaining her B.A. in Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. in nursing afterward. Growing up in South Sacramento, CA she became interested in the health field through the experiences of her family and community. As an undergraduate research assistant for a Psy.D candidate at the Wright Institute, she discovered her interest for mental health. Currently, she is the Co-President for the Pre-Nursing Society and an Emergency Department volunteer for UCSF Benioff Oakland Children’s Hospital. In addition to that, she is a student organizer/chair member for the Southeast Asian Student Coalition at Cal. She is passionate about helping underserved communities and youth through programs such as organizing Sacramento’s annual Iu-Mien Student Conference and working as a tutor/mentor at East Bay Consortium in Oakland.


Itzel Cortes
Itzel Cortes
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Itzel is pursuing her B.A. in Psychology and Social Welfare at U.C. Berkeley. She is a Latina, first generation college student from Central California, who is particularly interested in the interactions between psychology, policy and the law. Itzel is a research assistant for Professor Steven Hinshaw’s ADHD Longitudinal Study-Archiving Project at UC Berkeley. Additionally, she is a research assistant to a Psy.D candidate at the Wright Institute. In the past she has served as an intern for a California assembly member. Currently she is a legal advocate at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) Consumer Rights Workshops, and is participating in the Wright Institute Pipeline Scholars Program.


Munn Saechao, M.A., M.S.W., P.P.S.C.
Munn Saechao, M.A., M.S.W., P.P.S.C.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2016-2017)
PIP Assistant Director (2014-2015)
WIPAD Program Assistant (2013-2014)

Munn Saechao, M.A., M.S.W., P.P.S.C., received her B.A. in Social Welfare and Sociology (2008), her Masters in Social Welfare (2012), and her Pupil Personnel Service Credential (2012) from U.C. Berkeley. Munn is a graduate student at the Wright Institute and an Associate Clinical Social Worker at the YTeam, YMCA of the Eastbay. Additionally, she is a Faculty Assistant to Anatasia Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Wright Institute. Munn’s clinical interests include working with underrepresented populations and underserved children and families who have experienced trauma. She utilizes an integrative framework consisting of psychodynamic, ecological, and strengths based principles to treat underlying clinical symptoms. Munn’s dissertation study seeks to explore the current challenges and protective factors of elderly Iu-Mien refugees by assessing their psychosocial adjustment processes following the Lao Civil War. Munn is completing her predoctoral internship at The Help Group in Southern California. She is providing clinical services and psychodiagnostic evaluations to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental deficits. Munn will begin her postdoctoral residency at WestCoast Children’s Clinic in September, 2018


Monica Noriega, B.A.
Monica Noriega, B.A.
PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2016-2017)

Monica Noriega is pursuing her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She is a first generation Mexican American who is passionate about providing quality mental health services to the Latino community. She was inspired to pursue a career in Latino mental health after her study abroad experience in El Salvador where she collaboratively lead youth workshops in marginalized communities. At her first-year practicum she provided culturally humble mental health services to unaccompanied Central American minors and undocumented families in school settings. Monica also has experience working with LGBTQIA+ refugees from Latin America through O.L.A.S. She strives to integrate her passion for social justice and immigrant rights into her clinical work.


Lisa Wilson
Lisa Wilson
PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2014-2015)

Lisa Wilson is a Bay Area native and received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked as a clinical research coordinator within UCSF’s maternal-fetal medicine division, engaging patients in research surrounding pregnancy complications and medical decision-making. She is passionate about using an interdisciplinary approach to combat health disparities, and about understanding how patients’ and providers’ cultural backgrounds can influence their interactions in health care settings. Lisa is currently pursuing a master’s degree in genetic counseling from Stanford University.


  • Andy Tovar, B.A., PIP Undergraduate Mentor & Research Assistant (2014-2015)
  • Eliseo Artiga, M.A., PIP Graduate Mentor (2014-2015)
  • Sabrina Espinoza, M.A., PIP Graduate Mentor (2014-2015)
  • Miriam Wollesen, Psy.D., PIP Graduate Mentor (2013-2014)
  • Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D., PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2013-2014)
  • Brenda Padilla, M.S.W., Psy.D., PSP Facilitator & Mentor (2013-2014)

Contact Us

If you're interested in learning more about the Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees, please contact Anatasia Kim, PhD at akim@wi.edu