A native of Uruguay, Dr. Silvia Lorena Mazzula migrated to the U.S. at nine years old with her mother and younger sister. She entered The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) under the auspices of the EOF program and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1998 and Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Human Services in 2002. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in 2009. She is a national certified counselor (NCC) and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in New Jersey. She will be joining John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the fall of 2009 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Mazzula has worked in several outpatient mental health clinics, partial hospitalization units, and university counseling centers both in New York and New Jersey. She received her formal clinical training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-UBHC Newark Campus. Dr. Mazzula’s research interests focus primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, including bicultural competence, acculturation/enculturation, immigrant issues, racial/ethnic identity development, and mental health, particularly among Latino/a-Americans. She has presented at various cities of the U.S. and has co-authored scholarly work on issues of racial discrimination and trauma, acculturation/enculturation, and mental health. Dr. mazzula is a sister of Chi Upsilon Sigma, Latin Sorority Inc. She lives with her husband and two sons in Wharton, NJ.