Nataly Ibarra

Nataly Ibarra Department: BSHE, 2015

Undergraduate studies: University of Michigan, Brain, Behavior, & Cognitive Science

Domestic Experience: University of Michigan Department of Psychology, Research Assistant: Worked intensively with a research team that focused on effects of acculturation on Latina women that had immigrated to the United States. I worked directly with Latina women in metro-Detroit that were experiencing anxiety disorders. National College Advising Corps, College Adviser: Worked at an underserved high school in Michigan with first-generation students that wanted to attend college. Worked mainly with Latino students and their families to help translate documents, complete college applications, apply for financial aid, and facilitate the college application process. “It was an amazing experience to work so closely with first-generation Latino students and their families to help them achieve their dream of attending college.”

Global Experience: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (Trujillo, Peru), Ambassador: Created educational tools for Maternal and Child Health programs in Trujillo, Peru.

Career Goals: “My career goal is to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after receiving my MPH. I plan to work in a location with a large Latino population where I am able to use both psychological practice and behavioral science research to help improve mental health treatment and access within Latino communities.”

What draws you to focus in the field of Latino health?: “I was born in Sonora, Mexico and have personally experienced the beauty of immigrating to a new country and blending two cultures. As the first in my family to attend a university in the United States, I feel very blessed to have the opportunities I have had and feel very passionately about focusing my efforts and career on working with Latino families, specifically in the mental health field. My goal when I become a clinical psychologist will be to help Latinos, especially women, feel empowered about their mental health and help improve their quality of care and access to psychological services.”

Fun fact: “I love watching Pixar movies!”