Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees

The Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to educate, empower, and inspire historically underrepresented excluded students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in psychology.



The Wright Institute Pipeline to Advanced Degrees (WIPAD) aims to help diversify the field of psychology by creating a pipeline for underrepresented students, especially Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and first generation college students. To this end, WIPAD supports two primary programs: (1) Psychology Internship Program and (2) Diversity Recruitment Program. Both are designed to educate, empower, and inspire historically underrepresented and excluded students to explore and pursue advanced degrees and careers in mental health.


  • To increase awareness about educational options and career paths in psychology
  • To empower and inspire historically underrepresented and excluded students to seek advanced degrees in psychology




Psychology Internship Program (PIP) partners with local high schools to provide mentorship-based internships that facilitate awareness and knowledge about advanced degrees and career options in clinical psychology for historically underrepresented and excluded students. Currently PIP offers internships in two locations in the broader San Francisco Bay Area: East Bay and South Bay.

Psychology Internship Program East Bay (PIP-EB)

Psychology Internship Program East Bay (PIP-EB) meets for one full academic year. Weekly seminars are led by culturally similar graduate student mentors and undergraduate student assistants. PIP-EB has most recently worked with the following high schools in the East Bay: Life Academy, Berkeley High School, Contra Costa College’s Middle College High School, Oakland High School, and Oakland Technical High School. PIP-EB is based largely on the Taking Flight model. Currently, PIP-EB is under the supervision of Anu Orebiyi, M.A.

Psychology Internship Program South Bay (PIP-SB)

Psychology Internship Program South Bay (PIP-SB) meets for one full academic year. Monthly seminars are led by culturally similar graduate student mentors. PIP-SB has been working with Mills High School in Millbrae since 2018 under the leadership of Shiyu Zhang, M.A. PIP-SB is based on the Taking Flight model, serves predominantly Asian American students experiencing high academic stress, and is commonly referred to by the PIP-SB team as the Mental Health Awareness Initiative (MHAI).

Goals of PIP
  • To increase interns’ understanding of the field of clinical psychology, including educational pathways and career options
  • To increase interns’ overall confidence in their ability to pursue higher education and advanced degrees
  • To increase interns’ sense of community and belonging with culturally similar students and professionals
Taking Flight

Taking Flight is the main manual-based curriculum used by PIP. It was originally developed by Dr. Anatasia S. Kim. After many years of working with her graduate students and undergraduate assistants and testing, modifying, and streamlining the approach, Dr. Kim and her former graduate student Dr. Abigail Johal synthesized this work into a book that can easily be adopted by psychology programs and departments as well as mental health organizations invested in helping to grow a diverse and representative mental health workforce.

Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach Toward Higher Education (Routledge, 2021).

Taking Flight Modules
  • Overview of the field of psychology
  • Common mental health concerns among adolescents and disenfranchised communities
  • Self-reflection and insights
  • Research approaches to mental health issues
  • Clinical approaches to mental health issues
  • Capstone projects and presentations
  • Integration of knowledge, skills, and self-concept
Sample Activities
  • Didactic
  • Hands-on application
  • Project/presentation
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Pre-post surveys
Quotes from Past Interns

“It made me feel inspired [to be mentored by graduate students and professionals of color]. It made me feel more reassured as a person of color because it gave me models to follow. Having these mentors was crucial to my own mental health. The fact that this was one of the first times I ever saw professionals of color made me scared but reminded me that they existed. They gave me strength when the world really feels like it is against POC.” Fernando, PIP-EB

“It really kick started my career by connecting me to psychology and the mental health field. My experience with the program made it seem possible that I can become a doctor or psychologist to people like me, other people of color.” Victor, PIP-EB

“[Being with other first-generation college-bound students and professionals of color] was inspiring and calming because I was being taught and given advice by people that were just like me.” Yá Hiness, PIP-EB

“Taking Flight has been a complete eye opener to the field of mental health for me and the many careers and study options available.” Yesenia, PIP-EB

“I love being a part of this group...maybe it (psychology) is something I would like to further pursue in the future.” Former PIP-SB Intern

“MHAI presents an opportunity to expand my interests in psychology and I believe that there is no better way to learn than seeking different perspectives and opinions.” Former PIP-SB Intern

“I hope to expand my awareness and knowledge on mental health, give a helping hand to those in need of it, and take on things I would normally shy away from. I'm very proud of myself for applying last year and for the amount of things I've garnered through the Zoom meetings. I hope to be another hand in making more progress toward breaking the stigma!” Former PIP-SB Intern

“I still feel a little discomfort opening up and talking about mental health with others, and I hope that MHAI will help me feel more comfortable and be able to freely share.” Former PIP-SB Intern


The Wright Institute Diversity Recruitment Program is geared towards prospective graduate students who have completed or are in the process of completing their undergraduate degree. It offers several events throughout the year designed to help demystify the graduate school application process as well as information about degree options in psychology, financing graduate education, and specific topics geared for underrepresented students such as imposter syndrome. Participants connect with current faculty and graduate students in The Wright Institute’s MA and PsyD programs as well as The Wright Institute Admissions Director. Events are open to any BIPOC and/or first-generation college students.

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Our Team


Anatasia Kim, Ph.D.
Anatasia Kim, PhD
Executive Director, WIPAD

Anatasia S. Kim, PhD, is a Professor at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Developmental Psychology from UCLA. She is a National Ronald McNair Scholar and the recipient of a number of awards including the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship, Okura Mental Health Fellowship, and APAGS Guardian of Psychology Award. In addition to graduate teaching, she has a private practice specializing in treating children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety disorders, depression, and neuro-cognitive disorders using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Family Systems, and Buddhist Psychology. She also provides Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) consultation and training to organizations. In recent years, she served as President of the Alameda County Psychological Association, Chair of California Psychological Association (CPA) Immigration Task Force, CPA’s state Diversity Delegate, and APA Division 31 Diversity Leadership Development Program. Dr. Kim is the lead author of It’s Time to Talk (and Listen): How to Have Constructive Conversations About Race, Class, Sexuality, Ability, and Gender in a Polarized World (New Harbinger, 2019) and of Clinical Psychology Internship for Underrepresented Students: An Inclusive Approach Toward Higher Education (Routledge, 2021). For more information about Dr. Kim, please check out: www.anatasiakim.com

Anu Orebiyi
Anu Orebiyi, MA, LMHC
Assistant Director and Primary Supervisor, PIP
Program Director, PIP-EB

Anu Orebiyi (she/her) is a mental health practitioner who received her BS in Biology with a Psychology minor at Truman State University in 2006, her MA in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2009, and completed the requirements for an MA in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in 2021. Anu is a licensed mental health counselor in WA State, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. Throughout her career in mental health, Anu has worked with a wide variety of individuals and is passionate about working within/alongside marginalized communities and in increasing equitable access to mental health supports to and within marginalized communities. Anu has worked with kids experiencing significant trauma and struggling with behavioral issues at Ryther Child Center, a sub-acute facility in WA. She has provided in-home coaching/behavioral support for kids with autism spectrum disorder and their families while working at West Coast Behavioral Consultants’ Blueprints program. She has worked as a practicum facilitator for graduate students at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Also, she worked as a PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors) counselor providing specialized, in-home counseling for individuals 55 and over struggling with depression at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington's African American Elders Program, and, through the PEARLS program, Anu worked alongside the University of Washington’s Health Promotion Research Center in researching the efficacy and dissemination of the PEARLS program across diverse populations. This year, Anu will continue her work as an employee within the Wright Institute’s Pipeline to Advanced Degrees Programs (WIPAD).

Geraldine Lonsdale
Geraldine Lonsdale
Social Media Manager, WIPAD

Geraldine Lonsdale (she/her) is a first-generation, Filipinx-identifying, Bay-Area native from Vallejo, CA. She is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where she received her BA in Psychology and minor in Disability Studies in May 2021. Currently, she is beginning her first year at the Wright Institute’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. This is Geraldine’s 3rd year working with the Psychology Internship Program, where she has previously served as an undergraduate mentor and research assistant. Coming from a low-income, single-parent immigrant household, Geraldine found it extremely difficult to navigate her educational career when there weren’t many people that looked like her in the field of psychology. However, through being involved in PIP, Geraldine found a loving and uplifting community that guided and supported her on her road to becoming a clinician. PIP has a special place in her heart, and she aims to continue to empower the next generation of clinicians of color to consider careers in psychology, to not only diversify the field, but also destigmatize mental health in BIPOC communities. During her free time, Geraldine loves to play spikeball, take care of her plants, and spend time with loved ones!

James Serrano
Project Manager, PIP

Dr. Shiyu Zhang
Shiyu Zhang, PsyD
Program Director, PIP-SB/MHAI

Shiyu Zhang, PsyD is a registered psychologist at North East Medical Services in San Francisco, CA. She received her BA in Psychology from University of Minnesota, her MA in Infant Mental Health from Mills College, and her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute. She is an American Psychological Association Minority Fellow and the Membership Chair of the Asian American Psychological Association Division on Practice. In recent years, she served as the co-chair of the Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) at San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. During her time at CHI, she helped local students to develop a high school psychology career pipeline, which became the prototype for Mental Health Advancement Initiative (MHAI). She is passionate about mental health stigma reduction outreach in Asian American community via community gatherings and social media campaigns.

Davis Vu
Davis Vu, MA
Program Manager, PIP-SB/MHAI

Davis Vu, MA, is a clinical graduate student at the Wright Institute. He received his BA in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to and during his clinical training he has worked closely with families to better understand neurodiversity, anxiety, depression, and cultural stigma related to mental health. Within his doctoral program he has co-created a student-led space for Asian identified communities to come together in response to racism and xenophobia. He has also worked with survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence through evidence based practices in therapy to form healthy, empowering relationships. Davis was a member of the Mental Health Advancement Initiative (MHAI) as a mentor to a team of passionate upcoming young adults and is continuing his work within MHAI this year through fostering community connections and outreach.

Tamyra Johnson
Tamyra Johnson
Program Staff, DRP

Tamyra Johnson is a third-year student in the PsyD program at The Wright. She is currently a practicum trainee at the Martinez VA Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Program and a co-founder of The Black Student Union (BSU). Tamyra served active duty in the U.S. Army and worked in mental health, working with military personnel and veterans. Her interests include social justice, anti-racism, working with marginalized populations, trauma informed therapy, substance abuse, and working with veterans.

Jadasey Pivin
Jadasey Pivin
Program Staff, DRP

Jadasey Pivin is a second year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute who identifies as a multi-racial Asian American woman. She received her BA in Psychology and Asian American Studies from California State University, Northridge. Jadasey is the first in her family to graduate undergrad and the first to attend graduate school. Prior to and during her clinical training at the Wright, she has been working as a psychometrist and clinical assistant at a private multi-disciplinary mental health clinic that provides services to clients across all ages, sex and gender, ethnic backgrounds, and culture. Jadasey is passionate about creating space for POC communities and her clinical interests include working with individuals who may be going through identity issues, anxiety, or trauma.

Cindy Alvarenga
Cindy Alvarenga
Program Staff, DRP

Cindy Alvarenga (she/her) is a first year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Wright Institute and she identifies as a first-generation Latinx woman. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology with a minor in Applied Psychology from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in June 2020. During her undergraduate career, Cindy was a research coordinator at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB. Cindy also mentored underserved high-school students and volunteered at a preschool for homeless and at-risk children who needed extra support. Post-grad, she was a support counselor partnering with teachers, clinicians and families to help students meet their IEP goals. Influenced by her personal and professional experiences, Cindy hopes to help underprivileged and underserved communities access much-needed mental health resources and to address the social disadvantages and inequities society fails to recognize.

John Pitts
Admissions Director


Psychology Internship Program - East Bay (PIP-EB)

Chizi Igwe
Chizi Igwe
Mentor, PIP-EB

Chizi Igwe is a Nigerian-American clinical graduate student studying at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He received his BA in Psychology from California State University, Bakersfield in 2018, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. Chizi has trained with multiple organizations dedicated to supporting youth from diverse backgrounds, including the Wright Institute School-Based Collaboration, Carl B. Metoyer Center for Family Counseling, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. He hopes to use this training in his future endeavors as a child, adolescent, and family therapist. Chizi currently holds a fellowship position in the Wright Institute’s DEI Office and has contributed to multiple projects centered around diversity, allyship, and belonging.

Belén Mora-Navarro
Belén Mora-Navarro, MA
Mentor, PIP-EB

Belén Mora-Navarro, MA, is a first-generation, bilingual, bicultural graduate student of Mexican heritage from Oakland California. She received her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Prior to attending graduate school, Belén worked with various marginalized populations across the San Francisco Bay Area, it was through personal experience and this service that led her to pursue her PsyD to help meet the immense need for mental health services using a social justice and trauma-informed lens. She recently completed her second-year practicum at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco where she worked in a community mental health center via telehealth. She is passionate about representation and mentorship for historically underserved communities and enjoys roller skating and reading in her spare time.

Lelia Youn
Lelia Youn
Mentor, PIP-EB

Lelia Youn is a 2nd year student at the Wright Institute’s Doctoral program. She received her BS in Microbiology with a minor in Asian Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Lelia joins the WIPAD program with experience in PK-12 education. Most recently, she was an assistant school counselor and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) teacher; previously she was a biology teacher. With an appreciation for systems thinking and honoring the experiences of the individual, Lelia strives to foster supportive relationships while keeping in mind the contexts in which our students are living in. As a mentor, Lelia is excited to learn with the interns and to work together in fostering our WIPAD community.

Zachary Simon
Zachary Simon
Mentor, PIP-EB

As an African American male who is the first in his family to pursue a doctorate degree, Zack’s passion is working with children, adolescents, and families of historically underserved populations. Having worked with many low-income and ethnic minority families for most of his career, Zack brings firsthand and professional experience. He also is excited at the prospect of specializing in child and adolescent assessment, client-centered psychotherapy, and family systemic techniques. His research interest is to investigate the cumulative factors that influence the socioemotional development of African American children. With his graduate training, Zack hopes to secure a position as a clinical psychologist in a mental health clinic or pursue private practice working with children and families in an African country.

Psychology Internship Program - South Bay (PIP-SB)

Keziah Lyu
Keziah Lyu, PsyD
Mentor, PIP-SB

Keziah Lyu, PsyD, is a psychology postdoctoral resident at Kaiser Fremont Child & Adult Psychiatry. She received a BA in Psychology with a minor in Asian American Studies from UC Berkeley and recently graduated from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. Keziah currently provides psychotherapy to underserved populations and communities in the East Bay. As a daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, she is interested in serving diverse minority populations, and her research interests include shame, stigma, psychological help seeking, and Asian American mental health. She formerly also served in the Asian American Psychological Association as the Student Representative for the Division on Practice and the Membership Coordinator for the Division on Students. Keziah was a member of the Mental Health Advancement Initiative (MHAI) as a mentor in 2019-2020 and will be continuing this work within MHAI this year.

Aviyanca Prakash
Aviyanca Prakash, MA
Mentor, PIP-SB

Aviyanca Prakash, MA, is a third-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley. She received her BA in Economics at UC Berkeley and worked in management consulting after completing her undergraduate studies. After providing pro-bono career counseling services to immigrants and refugees and volunteering at a crisis/suicide hotline, Aviyanca decided to make a full-fledged career change into the field of clinical psychology. During graduate school, some of her experiences have included working as a clinician at a middle school, as a supervisor at Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, and as a therapist at the Berkeley Cognitive Behavioral Therapy clinic. Presently, Aviyanca is a Practicum trainee at Mills College and at an Older Adults Clinic. Aviyanca is excited to serve as a mentor this year in the Pipeline Internship Program to support youth, continue to destigmatize mental health, and diversify the field of psychology. She is particularly passionate about providing culturally-respectful interventions to marginalized populations.

Sile Bao
Sile Bao
Mentor, PIP-SB

Sile Bao (she/they) is a second-year Wright Institute Clinical PsyD student. They previously trained at Gateway to College, Camp Tawonga, and are currently at the Berkeley CBT Clinic. They enjoy being outdoors, joyful movement, cooking, live music, board games, and spending time with loved ones. They currently live in Berkeley with their husband and moderately well-behaved dog.

Contact Us

Psychology Internship Program

If you are interested in bringing PIP to your high school, graduate program, or mental health organization, please contact: takingflight@wi.edu

Diversity Recruitment Program

For information about upcoming events, please contact: pipeline@wi.edu