Vanessa Perez, B.A.
Vanessa Perez graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology. While at UCLA, she worked as a research assistant in the CHILD FIRST lab, headed by Dr. Bruce Chorpita. As a research assistant, she examined different interventions aimed at increasing client engagement in mental health services and aided in exploring service equity in the Latinx community. Vanessa also conducted an independent research project examining whether the addressability of life stressors in therapy sessions differed depending on what type of treatment protocol a client was assigned to and if the addressability of the life stressor predicted the provider’s use of structured activities in the session in which the life stressor was disclosed. Vanessa plans to apply to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology in 2022. She is particularly interested in exploring the effectiveness and accessibility of evidence-based treatments in community-based clinics to help serve culturally and socioeconomically diverse youth affected by trauma.