I am a new PGY-1 at the MGH/McLean Psychiatry residency program. I was born in Cali, Colombia and grew up between there and the U.S. throughout my life. After graduating from medical school at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, I came back to the U.S. to pursue my research interests. I was a research intern at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute in the department of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research and later came to Boston to do a Research Fellowship in the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program at MGH and complete a Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
During my research fellowship I worked in numerous clinical trials including a collaborative care intervention for cardiac patients with psychiatric comorbities and several trials combining positive psychology and motivational interviewing techniques to promote wellbeing and health behavior change for patients with chronic medical illnesses and cardiovascular risk conditions. I concurrently completed my MPH in Health Policy, Quantitative Methods, and Population Mental Health. My Master’s project focused on using Implementation Science and Health Policy Evaluation to address the access to care gap in mental health for marginalized Hispanic populations. I worked with the Community Psychiatry PRIDE group at MGH to plan, culturally adapt, and translate an open access, flexible, and modular CBT-based skills curriculum to multi-cultural Spanish to be delivered by non-mental health specialists in community organizations for at-risk youth.
As a PSTP resident, I plan to combine my interest in consultation-liaison psychiatry and health services research. I intend to aid in the development of stepped care models of integrated psychological care for the medically ill and those at risk of chronic medical conditions, particularly in low-resource settings. Additionally, I hope to continue to pursue my interest in Global and Hispanic Mental Health by using novel implementation science principles to develop sustainable models of collaborative care and primary-care-based integrated mental health care both locally and globally.