Research Summary

Joanna’s program of study focuses on viewing psychotherapy process and outcome through a cultural lens. In particular, she seeks to capture how intersections of identity shape the therapeutic relationship and the impact cultural conversations have on the change clients make in therapy. Her research primarily employs quantitative methods to examine the interplay between factors associated with clients, therapists, and the systems in which they reside.


  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
  • M.Ed. , Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville
  • B.S. , Clinical Psychology and Spanish, Tufts University