Laura Mlynarski, MPhil.
M.S. Columbia University
B.A. Bucknell University
I am a 5th year clinical psychology PhD student at George Washington University. I recently defended my dissertation entitled, ‘Do Acculturation Gaps Between Latino Parents And Adolescents Influence Family Connection And Depression?’ and am moving to Connecticut to complete my predoctoral internship at the Institute of Living. Before returning to graduate school for clinical psychology, I received an MSW from Columbia University. I worked as a full-time mental health therapist at The Child Center of New York for several years where my passion for Latino mental health was solidified and my interest in the acculturation process for Latino immigrants began. I am working to develop a career that integrates my research and clinical passions.
Broadly I am interested in internalizing disorders and trauma in adolescence. More specifically, I am interested in the acculturative process for immigrant Latino families, resulting acculturation gaps and their impact on family connection and adolescent depression. In my dissertation, I used confirmatory factor analyses to identify a set of acculturation items from the Multidimensional Measure of Cultural Identity for Latino/a Adolescents that are invariant across parents and adolescents. I then used polynomial regressions to explore the impact of parent and adolescent acculturation on family connection and adolescent depression. I am very interested in forming ongoing collaborations with other researchers with similar interests!