Cristalis Capielo Rosario, Ph.D.      Faculty Leader                                       Curriculum Vitae

Cristalis Capielo Rosario, Ph.D.     Faculty Leader                                      Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Capielo Rosario is a Puerto Rico native, mother of Andres Esteban Capielo Saul and wife to Dr. Steven Saul. She is an Assistant Professors in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology program at ASU. She graduated in 2016 with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on acculturation and ethnic identity of Puerto Ricans in the mainland and island, Latinx psychology, and multicultural competent in psychotherapy and ethics. Dr. Capielo Rosario has published multiple works on these areas and has also held leadership positions within the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA), www.nlpa.ws. She was the 2017-2018 NLPA Fellow for APA's Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests (CNPAAEMI) and still serves in NLPA's Leadership Council as the Media Coordinator. Her scholarship has been featured in front of professional and community audiences (see Service & Media).

  Jorge Ballesteros, M.S., M.A.

Jorge Ballesteros, M.S., M.A.

Jorge is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Jorge completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology at UC, Santa Barbara. He recently finished a dual master’s in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Counseling at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His research interests are focused on acculturation, Latinx psychology, anxiety & depression in Latinx communities. Jorge hopes to investigate acculturation patterns in Latino college students, specifically from Mexican decent and the impact other multicultural variables have on mental health service use and health/exercise patterns.

  Andrés E. Capielo Saul

Andrés E. Capielo Saul

Andrés is an honorary member of Plena. He joined our team in May 18, 2017. He is Dr. Capielo Rosario's baby boy. He participated in weekly research team meetings while in the womb. His main research interests include walking, talking, eating, and the movie Sing. 

 
  Roberto Rentería, M.A.

Roberto Rentería, M.A.

 
  Amber Schaefer, MEd.

Amber Schaefer, MEd.

Jennifer Lobos is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. More information coming soon!

 

 
 

Roberto Rentería is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. He graduated magna cum laude with his BS in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Roberto's main research interests are mental health outcomes among the Latinx community, with an emphasis on Latinx LGBTQ individuals. He also hopes to gain clinical experience with both the Latinx and the LGBTQ communities. Currently, he is developing his masters thesis on the relations between cultural factors, minority stress, and sexual identity development among LGBTQ Latinx individuals.

 

Amber is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at ASU. She completed her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida in 2014 and later earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Miami in 2016. Her main research interests are Latinx mental health, specifically in unaccompanied immigrant minors, the psychological effects of immigration on first-generation immigrant families, and undocumented Latinx immigrants living in the United States.