Jennica Paz, Ph.D.

Photo: Jennica Paz, Ph.D.Co-Director and Co-PI Jennica Paz, Ph.D. brings a wealth of experience in multiple aspects of service delivery and research with bilingual and monolingual underserved Latinx and Mixteco children and families, including provision of therapy to Spanish-speaking families with histories of trauma, domestic violence, and developmental disabilities.

She is experienced with bilingual psychoeducational assessments, bilingual early academic readiness and language screeners, and program evaluation and dissemination of parent friendly resources in Spanish. She also brings a history of collaboration between community agencies and schools to support academic success among CLD foster youth, and a history of providing multicultural supervision and professional mentorship to graduate students.

Paz has contributed to numerous contracts, grants, and state/federal initiative funded research at the international center for school-based youth development at UCSB. She is first or co-author on 16 professional publications, ranging from school readiness for Latinx children to selective mutism for English Learners, and conceptualizing adolescents’ mental health; she has presented at state and national conferences on topics ranging from trauma-informed therapy to multicultural supervision.