Silvia Mazzula, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
M.Phil. Teachers College, Columbia University.
M.A. The College of New Jersey
B.S. The College of New Jersey
Dr. Mazzula is a psychologist, professor, researcher and author. She is the Director of the Latina Researchers Network, an Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and Former President of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey. Dr. Mazzula has extensive research and counseling experience with underserved communities. She is a speaker, consultant and trainer on issues of diversity, inclusion and leadership development.
Her research focuses on racial and cultural competencies in research and practice, the intersection of racial cultural psychological processes, discrimination and mental health, and Latina/o Psychology. In addition to having an active research team of students at John Jay College, she is a research fellow at Columbia University’s Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, and research collaborator at the Center of Cultural Excellence and Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Mazzula is a grantee of the National Institute of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation and City University of New York. Her work has been published in scholarly journals and presented at over 60 colleges, universities and professional science meetings throughout the country. As a social justice advocate, Dr. Mazzula’s focus is on increasing the number of diverse scholars in academia and advanced research careers. In 2011, Dr. Mazzula earned grant support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to design and implement the first nationwide Latina Researchers Conference with the aim of addressing the barriers and opportunities to advanced research careers and academic positions, particularly for Latino women. In 2013, Dr. Mazzula was the recipient of additional prestigious grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology Implementation Grant to continue her efforts to support under-represented scholars and graduate students in the pipeline.