People

Director

Dr. Arthur "Trey" Andrews III

  I direct the Latin@ Mental Health and Treatment  Outcomes (LMHT) lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology      from the University of Arkansas  in 2014.  I also did my clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina with a specialization in traumatic stress.  I continued this  work as an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellow at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (also at the Medical University of South  Carolina).  Throughout my clinical training and clinical work I retained a focus on providing services  for Latin@ immigrant populations.  The majority of  my clinical work has been conducted in Spanish. In  2016, I joined the faculty in the Department of  Psychology with the Clinical Training Program and the Institute for Ethnic Studies with Latino and Latin American Studies.  

 I am incredibly passionate about making sure that my research translates into positive impacts for my community.  This is reflected in my dual research aims.  I want to make sure that we not only understand why disparities occur for Latin@s, but also make sure that we find solutions.  Similarly, I want to provide mentoring opportunities to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds and work to improve diversity in the psychology training pipeline.  When I'm not working on research or teaching, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with my wife and daughter.

 You can find my full CV here.  Also, please feel free to contact me at arthur.andrews@unl.edu if you are interested in my research or have questions about joining the lab.  You can also see my faculty page here.

Graduate Students

Laura Acosta - Lab Manager

Laura graduated from Florida State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Sociology. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in clinical psychology labs and eventually completed her honors thesis under Dr. Thomas Joiner on suicidal ideation among Hispanic/Latin@ individuals. After graduating, she went on to work in the social psychology labs of Dr. James McNulty and Dr. Andrea Meltzer where she coordinated four longitudinal projects on marital satisfaction among couples. Her passion for research lies in the prevention of mental health disparities among minority populations, especially Hispanic/Latin@s. She is also fascinated by the dual roles that family can have in the prevention and sometimes exacerbation of mental health disorders among Hispanic/Latin@ young adult and adolescent populations. Aside from her academic pursuits, Laura can be found spending time with her family, kayaking, biking, and playing video games.

Please feel free to email me at Laura.Mur.Acosta@gmail.com if you're interested in our research or have questions about joining the lab!

James Kyle Haws

Kyle graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2016 with a Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and Sociology from UCO. While living in Peru during a tragic earthquake, Kyle has also developed an interest in Mental Health Disparities for Latin@s and he plans on working with the Latin@ community in Lincoln and surrounding areas. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading books, trying new food, and spending time with his family.

Allura Ralston

Allura received her B.A. in psychology from Temple University. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple where she completed her honors thesis under the direction of Dr. Richard Heimberg. After graduation, she worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, coordinating research projects exploring technology-assisted adjuncts to care. These experiences ignited a passion for research and clinical work focusing on mental health disparities and treatment dissemination and implementation strategies (particularly technology-assisted treatments) for underserved populations. She bridges these research and clinical interests through her work with both Dr. Andrews’ lab and Dr. Debra Hope’s lab. Outside of her academic pursuits, Allura enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Andrew Finkner

Andrew is a senior psychology major at UNL. He is helping with experiments focusing on perceptions of immigrants and is interested in mental health disparities broadly. Andrew would like gain experience in research design by working alongside professionals in his field. His post-graduation plans include earning a graduate degree in clinical psychology. Outside of class he enjoys fishing the lakes of the Midwest and playing tennis, soccer, and Frisbee golf. 

Maricela Galdamez

Maricela is a fourth-year undergraduate at UNL. She is helping conduct studies focusing on traumatic stress among Latinos. After she graduates, she plans on attending graduate school with a focus in clinical psychology. Her career goal is to work with individuals who have experienced trauma. She is very interested in exploring mental health within the Latino community as a part of this lab.

Lesley Garcia

Lesley is a sophomore undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Psychology & Spanish. She is helping with the novel PTSD treatment among Latinos. After she graduates, she plans on going to medical school to pursue her medical degree to become a bilingual Psychiatrist. She is hoping to get more of an insight look when working with minorities in a community. Outside of class, she enjoys playing soccer as well as watching it, traveling, and watching movies. 

José Villa

José is a junior at the University of Nebraska. He is an economics major with a minor in finance. He hopes to graduate in two years in work in the professional field. This opportunity is presenting him with experience and valuable insight into the Hispanic community and he hopes that it helps him be more informed with the work that he accomplishes.

Eduardo Castillo

Eduardo is a senior undergraduate student studying Psychology and Spanish. He is helping with the novel PTSD treatment and immigrant discrimination studies. He is hoping to obtain valuable experience working with minorities in the community and by gathering data for the discrimination study. Eduardo wants to pursue a master's degree in Sports Psychology and wants to eventually work with in a college or professional sports team.

Agustín Hayes

Agustín is a Sophomore undergraduate student studying Psychology and Sociology.  He is helping with the novel PTSD project and hopes to gain experience in working with people from underprivileged communities as he plans on attending graduate school to pursue a masters in Social Work and eventually work with the government in this native country of Argentina.

Sandra Mariely Estrada

Sandra Mariely Estrada is a third-year undergrad, majoring in Psychology, Ethnic Studies, and Spanish. She is helping with the novel PTSD treatment and immigrant discrimination studies. Her future goals include going to graduate school with a focus in clinical psychology and work with victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking victims. She also hopes to go back to her home country and work at non-profit somewhere in Mexico City.