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Thania Galvan

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Assistant Professor
Clinical Program

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia and the director of the FUERTE lab. I earned my PhD in clinical psychology with a child emphasis from the University of Denver, did an APA-accredited internship in the child track at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed an NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Broadly, my research is focused on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to, maintain and/or exacerbate mental health disparities among Latinx youth and families. I am especially interested in:

  1. Identifying and supporting Latinx families most at risk for experiencing the negative mental health sequela of health disparities
  2. Applying an ecological systems framework to identify and target the risk and resilience mechanisms that influence the mental health of Latinx youth and families
  3. Establishing and leveraging community-based partnerships to increase the accessibility and acceptability of mental health services for Latinx communities
  4. Improving the translation of Latinx mental health disparities research into practice and policy

Ultimately, my goal is to promote the well-being of Latinx youth and their families by eliminating health disparities via research, clinical practice, and policy advocacy.

**I do not plan to review applications for Fall 2025 admission.** 


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (child emphasis), University of Denver, Denver, CO 

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO 

B.A., Psychology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 

Research Interests:

Health Disparities, Latinx Youth and Families, Immigrant Populations, Traumatic Stress, Developmental Psychopathology

Selected Publications:

Galvan, T., Lomeli-Garcia, M., La Barrie, D.L., Rodriguez, V.J., & Moreno, O. (In Press). Beyond demographics: Attitudinal barriers to the mental health service use of immigrants in the U.S. Current Opinions in Psychology.

Galvan, T. Hurwich-Reiss, E., & Watamura, S.E. (In Press). Latina mothers’ mental health: An examination of its relation to parenting and material resources. Family Process

Galvan, T., Rusch, D., Domenech Rodriguez, M.M, & Garcini, L.M. (2022). Familias Divididas [Divided families]: The impacts of transnational family separation on the health of undocumented Latinx immigrants. Journal of Family Psychology, 36(4), 513 – 522.

Galvan, T., Lill, S., & Garcini, L.M. (2021). Another brick in the wall: Healthcare access difficulties and their implications for undocumented Latino/a immigrants. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23(5), 885 – 894.

Galvan, T., & Gudiño, O.G. (2021). Understanding Latinx youth mental health disparities by problem type: The role of caregiver culture. Psychological Services, 18(1), 116-123.

Galvan, T., & Gudiño, O.G. (2020). Impact of youth problem type on specific dimensions of caregiver strain among Latinx families. Child and Youth Care Forum, 49, 759-767.

Stiles, A.S., Galvan, T., Zundel, C., Flournoy, J., & Gudiño, O.G. (2019). Stakeholder perspectives on eliminating disparities in mental health service use for Latinx youth: A qualitative study. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 4 (4),  328 – 342. doi:

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