Maria Jose Larrea

  • 2022 Summer Intern

Maria Jose Larrea (she/her/hers) is a rising senior at The Macaulay Honors College with Hunter College in New York, pursuing a dual degree in Psychology and English. Growing up as an immigrant in the United States, she developed a profound fascination with human behavior after socializing with members of diverse communities and recognizing the shared stigma surrounding mental illness across cultures. Her interests lie in de-stigmatizing mental health in immigrant communities and expanding mental health care access in the United States and around the world.

This summer, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Claire Greene to assess the acceptability, feasibility, and safety of Entre Nosotras, a culturally adapted psychosocial intervention for migrant and host-community women in Ecuador and Panama. Her primary responsibility entailed working with Dr. Greene’s team to produce a coding guidebook to advance the study’s qualitative analysis. This required transcribing interviews, labeling concepts through an open coding process, defining and harmonizing codes, and structuring the guidebook. Outside of the project, she also completed weekly communication tasks for CUGMHP, including revising the Programs page on the organization’s website and updating Dr. Kathleen Pike’s Five on Friday blog posts as needed.

Maria Jose is grateful for the experience and feels empowered to approach the professional field equipped with newfound skills and valuable connections. She is also eager to return to Dr. Greene’s team in August to continue working on Entre Nosotras’ qualitative analysis to provide psychosocial support for women in Latin America.

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