Current Graduate Members of CHRI Lab

Dr. Hunter will not be reviewing applications—incoming class AY 2021-2022—from bright, passionate, and conscientious students who are a good fit with CHRI lab and our doctoral program.

Kam MacNear, B.A.

(August 2019-Present)

With broad interests rooted in the relationship and interactions between Black communities and the mental health sphere, I will be working with Dr. Hunter and the CHRI lab to investigate how to best implement factors proven to facilitate mental health care access and treatment effectiveness for this specific population. Outside of research, I enjoy gaming, cooking, and traveling.

Amanda Gold, M.A.

(May 2020 – Present)

Amanda is interested in how religious and spiritual coping, diversity and culture, and social justice contribute to wellbeing.  In particular, she plans to examine how culture and diverse identities may interact with religious identity to promote or harm wellbeing. Amanda also has a keen interest in how religious stories contribute to coping and wellbeing at multiple levels of analysis.  In addition, she is interested in psychotherapists’ consideration, understanding, and incorporation of culturally diverse clients’ religious identities, and how this may shape therapeutic processes and outcomes. Overall, Amanda hopes her research will help psychotherapists, researchers, and community members understand cultural and religious diversity better, while also promoting inclusivity and visibility of diverse groups.

Raymond La, M.A.

(August 2020 – Present)

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Broadly speaking, I am interested in Asian American and broad ethnic mental health. I am particularly interested in how cultural factors such as acculturation/enculturation, ethnic identity, loss of face, familism, and experiences of discrimination and microaggressions influence mental health stigma, help seeking behavior, and psychopathology. Furthermore, I am also interested how cultural factors may relate to ethnic disparities in treatment outcome and how culturally adaptive treatment may help alleviate it. Finally, I want to expand on these research topics by investigating how these cultural factors may affect ethnic LGBTQ+ populations differently from cis- heterosexual counterparts, and how these differences may be tied to their experiences as within-group minorities.

Outside of lab, I can be found baking, weight training, playing video games, or dancing (breakdancing and salsa/bachata).