Position: Mental Health Advocate
Liliana was born in Mexico City and crossed the border to the U.S. with her family at the age of seven. She was undocumented for 22 years until obtaining LPR status through a U-Visa two years ago. Liliana is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of San Francisco (USF) and a practicum student in the Multidisciplinary Assessment Center at UCSF San Francisco General Hospital. She currently serves as a teaching assistant in the School of Counseling at USF, where she provides clinical group supervision for developing school counselors.
As a member of the California Psychological Association Immigrant Task Force, Liliana works closely with licensed psychologists to develop and facilitate trainings and/workshops for mental health professionals, attorneys, and community members providing support to immigrant, undocumented, and refugee communities. Liliana’s clinical and research interests are grounded in community organizing and activism from a liberation psychology lens: she seeks to understand how social, political, physical, and psychological consciousness can strengthen the existing resilience of historically oppressed communities by creating and nurturing empowering, radical, and liberating narratives.