Science for Society: Barriers to Access in Mental Health Services

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Mental health services can be an integral aspect of maintaining one’s well-being. However, access to mental health services is not universal and systematically varies due to existing stigmas and structural barriers. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss their research identifying barriers to mental health services and steps they’ve taken to reach underserved communities.


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Ashley Castro


Ashley Castro is a licensed psychologist and the co-founder and executive director of Healwise, a mental health nonprofit. She earned her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from DePaul University in 2021 and completed both her internship and postdoc at Columbia University Medical Center.

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Giovanni Ramos

University of California, Irvine

Gio Ramos is a UC Chancellor’s and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. His research program aims to reduce inequities affecting minoritized populations by 1) identifying risk/resilience factors that influence mental health, 2) improving the cultural fit of treatments using data-driven approaches, and 3) employing digital interventions to make care widely available.

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Nadika Paranamana

Yale University School of Medicine

Nadika Paranamana, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine and serves as the LGBTQ+ Health Fellow for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Connecticut Healthcare System. Dr. Paranamana’s work is grounded in humanistic-existential framework and is centered on justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging of marginalized, disenfranchised, and historically disadvantaged people and communities.