Latinx Task Force, PULSO and Clínica Latina Virtual Mentorship Talk

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 12:00pm
Open to PAU students, faculty, staff, and friends. 
Talk will be from 12 pm to 1pm.
The Latinx Task Force, PULSO and Clínica Latina invite you to participate in a virtual mentorship talk with alumni Dr. Johanna Rengifo, Class of 2015 and Dr. Paula Alvarez, Class of 2014, who are the founders of PULSO at PAU. 
In this talk, Dr. Rengifo and Dr. Alvarez will discuss the following:
  • Starting PULSO, PAU's Latinx Student Organization
  • Applying and getting internships, fellowships and post-doctoral positions
  • Dissertation and research suggestions
  • Post-PAU career advice
  • Get a better understanding about the type of work Latinx clinicians are doing in the community

The goals of the Latinx Task Force are:

  • To increase the number of Latinx PAU students, staff, and faculty of all races.
  • To engage more Latinx minds by establishing training opportunities and activities that will attract more Latinx to PAU.
  • To support students, staff, and faculty once at PAU. 
  • To help the task force’s efforts to improve the lives of Latinx locally, nationally, and beyond.

Dr. Johanna Rengifo-Nevarez - Bilingual Clinical Neuropsychologist, San Francisco Neuropsychology 

Dr. Johanna Rengifo is a bilingual (Spanish / English) Clinical Neuropsychologist. She is also a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS).  She completed her Ph.D. at Palo Alto University, with a double major in neuropsychology and clinical neuroscience in women’s health, in conjunction with Stanford School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Tampa VA and three post-doctoral fellowships in Gero-Neuropsychology at the Miami VA, in Rehabilitation-Neuropsychology at Tampa General Hospital, and in Clinical Neuropsychology at UCSF / Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Rengifo specializes in working with adults and older adults with a wide range of conditions, including medical/neurological diagnoses (e.g., epilepsy, concussion, brain tumor, stroke), traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s disease), and comorbid psychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD). She also conducts immigration and political asylum evaluations. Her clinical and research interests include Latino older adults, medical neuropsychology, and positive / health neuropsychology.

Dr. Rengifo is an active member of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and served as co-chair of their scientific conference in 2017. She is also a member of the California Psychological Association, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.

Dr. Paula Alvarez - Clinical Psychologist, Santa Cruz County

Dr. Paula Alvarez is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical psychologist. She immigrated from Colombia to Los Angeles, CA at the age of 16. She earned her undergraduate degree in 2005 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and completed her Ph.D. at Palo Alto University in 2014.  During her doctoral studies, Dr. Alvarez received a scholarship from the California Department of Mental Health for her dedication to providing mental health services to underserved populations. She completed her doctoral internship at the APA accredited site, Heritage Clinic, a division of the Center for Aging Resources in Pasadena, California. Her research focused on Latinx geriatrics mental health and caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Alvarez has worked in diverse settings with various populations. As a Clinical Supervisor for Rebecca Children’s Services, she supervised employees and provided treatment to children and their families. In Allied Pain and Spine Institute, Dr. Alvarez provided treatment to patients suffering from chronic pain. Until recently, Dr. Alvarez was part of the Crisis Intervention Team providing risk and suicide assessments for the State of California at their Salinas Valley State Prison. Currently, Dr. Alvarez is working as part of the Access team in the County of Santa Cruz where she provides non-emergency evaluations for anyone who is seeking mental health services and/or substance abuse treatment.