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  • Director of Clinical Training, Counseling Psychology (PhD), Educational Psychology
  • Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Research Summary

Karen's research interests are focused on the reduction of disparities in the access, service, and quality of mental health and education for marginalized groups. She is interested in the questions, “How do people negotiate conversations about difference and culture?” and “Why does multicultural competence matter?” Karen conducts research in counseling and school settings, utilizing mixed methods to identify factors related to client improvement and academic persistence.


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • EdM, Psychological Counseling, Teachers College Columbia University
  • MA, Organizational Psychology, Teachers College Columbia University
  • BA, Psychology, University of California, San Diego