Faculty & Staff

Gabriela Livas Stein


Associate Professor
Eberhart 275


Clinical Psychology
Latinx youth and families; Cultural values; Discrimination; Racial/ethnic socialization


The CAMINOS Lab attempts to identify individual, familial, and cultural processes that place non-White youth, especially Latinx, at risk for maladaptive psychological and educational outcomes. Complementarily, it also seeks to understand the individual, familial, and cultural processes that serve to promote positive development and mitigate risk. The lab’s research questions are grounded in cultural models of child development (e.g., Integrative Model; García Coll et al., 1996), theoretical work on Latinx  families (e.g., Calzada, Fernandez, & Cortes, 2010, Cauce & Domenech-Rodrigez, 2002; Schwartz, Unger, Zamboanga, & Szapocznik, 2010), and tenets of developmental psychopathology (Sroufe & Rutter, 1984). The integration of these perspectives can deepen our understanding of risk and resilience processes in Latinx families to inform how best to deliver community-based prevention and intervention programs that address the mental health and cultural needs of Latinx communities.

Research Projects

Caminos al Futuro (Pathways to the Future) – a school-based research project examining the role of future life aspirations in the development of depressive symptoms in high school students. Data collection completed.

Padres Efectivos – a study examining the comparative effectiveness of an activation intervention for Latino families raising children with mental health needs. Data collection completed.

La Familia en Carolina – a research study examining how cultural experiences, family relationships, and school impact psychological adjustment for Latino/a middle school students. Data collection completed.

Promoting Dialogues – a pilot study examining facilators and barriers to racial/ethnic socialization processes in Mexican American, Chinese American, African American, and Black immigrant youth and their families. Data collection underway.

Lab Members

Gabriela Stein, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology within the Department of Psychology at UNCG. She also holds a faculty position with the Center for Developmental Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Dr. Stein received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in child and family psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at University of California, San Diego/VA Consortium followed by a postdoctoral fellowship position at Duke University. Broadly, her research uses developmental psychopathology and cultural-ecological frameworks to investigate the impact of culturally relevant factors on the development of psychopathology for ethnic minority samples. Dr. Stein’s program of research revolves around three themes: (1) understanding the role of familial cultural values in Latino families and their impact on the development of Latino youth, (2) identifying individual risk and protective processes for Latino and other ethnic minority youth when facing cultural stressors (e.g., discrimination, acculturative stress), and (3) improving mental health treatment access for Latino families in community mental health. Additionally, Dr. Stein is co-investigator of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration graduate training grant for culturally competent care for underserved populations, and a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grant addressing disparities in Latino families.

Email: glstein@uncg.edu

Ali Cupito, M.A. is currently on internship. She earned her B.A. in Psychology The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UNCG. Her research focuses primarily on the role of familial cultural values (e.g. familism) in Latino adolescent development and functioning.  More specifically, she is investigating how Latino families respond to stressors such as discrimination and poverty.  She examines how family processes, in turn, influence adolescent’s psychological and school functioning.  In collaboration with Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn, she is also working on a study exploring how discrimination and stress “gets under the skin” in ethnic minority college students, and how this influences biological processes such as the cortisol response.

Email: amcupito@uncg.edu

Juan Prandoni, M.A., s currently on internship. He earned his B.A. in Psychology and French at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UNCG. His research focuses on how Latino immigrant youth and their families navigate the process of acculturation as they come to adapt to life in the U.S. Within this area of interest, he is particularly interested in generational and cultural gaps between parents and their children and how these affect psychosocial outcomes in youth. He is also interested in the development of measures of acculturation that more reliably capture the multidimensional nature of the acculturative experience. Currently, his research is focused on understanding how different factors (e.g., cultural values, generational gaps, language, etc.) within therapy with immigrant Latino parents can help/hinder the development of therapeutic alliance as well as affect direct outcomes for their children’s therapy.

Email: jiprando@uncg.edu

Ande Kulish, M.A., is a fourth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and then completed a two-year postbaccalaureate research assistantship at the National Center for PTSD through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, Massachusetts. Ande’s research interests include cultural value endorsement differences between Latino adolescents and their mothers in predicting acculturation-based family conflict, and parent-adolescent communication quality in Latino families in predicting parent-adolescent relationship satisfaction.

Email: alkulish@uncg.edu

Yesenia Mejia, M.A., is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Her research experiences include working with Spanish-speaking Latinos to develop culturally-competent group therapy, conducting research to improve treatment and assessment of children with Autism, traveling to Mexico to conduct a community mental health education program, and most recently, working on a psychosis literacy communication campaign at the Culture and Mental Health Lab at the University of Southern California. Broadly, her research interests include examining how cultural factors may influence psychopathology and developing culturally-competent assessments and treatment interventions for underserved populations. Through her research, she strives to increase public awareness of mental health topics, reduce mental health disparities, and improve quality of life within underserved and minority populations.

Email: ycmejia@uncg.edu

Keita Christophe, B.A., is a first-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. He completed his B.A. in Psychology from Washington College in the spring of 2017. His research experience includes studying how the Downtown Boxing Gym, a community intervention in Detroit, helps promote stronger self-efficacy beliefs in underserved youth. Keita’s research interests include examining ethnic-racial socialization in multiracial youth, and how it relates to ethnic identity and psychosocial outcomes. He is also interested in how racial-ethnic protective factors may buffer against the negative effects of discrimination.

Email: nnchrist@uncg.edu


Selected Publications

Stein, G.L., Taylor, L., Kulish, A., & Gonzalez, L.(in press). Longitudinal Examination of Perceived Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Public Ethnic Regard and Depressive Symptoms in Latino Youth. Journal of Community Psychology.

Thibeault, M.,  Stein, G.L.,  & Nelson-Gray, R.  (in press). Ethnic identity in context of ethnic discrimination:  When does gender and other-group orientation increase risk for depressive symptoms for immigrant-origin young adults? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Stein, G.L., Kulish, A., Williams, C., Mejia, Y, Prandoni, J.,, & Thomas, K. (in press). Latina/o parental activation: The role of demographic and psychological factors. Journal of Latina/o Psychology.   

Cavanaugh, A.*, Stein, G.L., Supple, A., Gonzalez, L., & Kiang, L. (2017). Counteracting the detrimental effects of discrimination: A cultural assets model. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Cupito, A. M., Stein, G. L., Gonzalez, L. M., & Supple, A. J. (2016). Familism and Latino Adolescent Depressive Symptoms: The Role of Maternal Warmth and Support and School Support. Cultural diversity & ethnic minority psychology.

Stein, G. L., Gonzalez, L. M., Cupito, A. M., Kiang, L., & Supple, A. J. (2015). The protective role of familism in the lives of Latino adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 36(10), 1255-1273.

Cupito, A. M., Stein, G. L., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2015). Familial Cultural Values, Depressive Symptoms, School Belonging and Grades in Latino Adolescents: Does Gender Matter?. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1638-1649.

Stein, G. L., Guzman, L. E. (2015). Prevention and Intervention Research With Latino Families: A Translational Approach. Family Process, 54(2), 280-292. doi: 10.1111/famp.12143

Stein, G. L., Cupito, A. M., Mendez, J. L., Prandoni, J., Huq, N., & Westerberg, D. (2014). Familism through a developmental lens. Journal Of Latina/O Psychology2(4), 224-250. doi:10.1037/lat0000025

Stein, G. L., Kiang, L., Supple, A. J., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2014). Ethnic identity as a protective factor in the lives of Asian American adolescents. Asian American Journal Of Psychology5(3), 206-213. doi:10.1037/a0034811

Gonzalez, L. M., Stein, G. L., Kiang, L., & Cupito, A. M. (2014). The impact of discrimination and support on developmental competencies in Latino adolescents. Journal Of Latina/O Psychology2(2), 79-91. doi:10.1037/lat0000014

Gonzalez, L. M., Stein, G. L., & Huq, N. (2013). The influence of cultural identity and perceived barriers on college-going beliefs and aspirations of Latino youth in emerging immigrant communities. Hispanic Journal Of Behavioral Sciences35(1), 103-120. doi:10.1177/0739986312463002

Stein, G. L., Gonzalez, L. M., & Huq, N. (2012). Cultural stressors and the hopelessness model of depressive symptoms in Latino adolescents. Journal Of Youth And Adolescence41(10), 1339-1349. doi:10.1007/s10964-012-9765-8

Kiang, L., Supple, A. J., Stein, G. L., & Gonzalez, L. M. (2012). Gendered academic adjustment among Asian American adolescents in an emerging immigrant community. Journal Of Youth And Adolescence41(3), 283-294. doi:10.1007/s10964-011-9697-8

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