Speaking and Training

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~M. Williamson

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Dr. Mazzula is a counseling psychologist and educator with extensive experience in leadership, facilitation and training on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.  Dr. Mazzula provides strategic support, consultation and trainer-training enriched with over 15 years of research and clinical experiences attending to the psychological and practical role of race and culture in mental health and interpersonal/group dynamics.  She is the Executive Director of the Latina Researchers Network, Former President of the Latino Psychological Association and member of the American Psychological Association and National Latina/o Psychological Association.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Multicultural sensitivity, equity and inclusion
  • Leadership, workforce and educational pipeline development, particularly among Latino women
  • Treatment, client engagement and case management with racial ethnic minority clients
  • Culturally responsive research
  • Racism, discrimination, culture and group dynamics
  • Self-awareness, power and privilege associated with race, culture, gender and social class
  • Latino Americans and mental health
  • Child sexual abuse and violence prevention

Whether a Keynote, seminar or intensive hands-on training, Dr. Mazzula can individualize the program to meet your needs.  

Download Dr. Mazzula’s Speaking and Training Package HERE 


Motivational/Keynote Addresses 

As a first generation immigrant and college graduate, Dr. Mazzula had no idea what it meant to “succeed” in college, in graduate school and even later, in the academy as a professor of Psychology.  Now, an award-winning educator, published author, and successfully funded researcher, Dr. Mazzula can speak to the challenges and opportunities to help motivate and empower your audience!


Personalized Trainings: Self-Awareness and Liberation 

Expert and thought leader on individual and group dynamics and how these impact well-being, interpersonal interactions, teamwork and decision-making. Let Dr. Mazzula take you to your next best level of self-awareness and critical self-reflection! 

Trainings focus on:

  1. Racism, discrimination, culture and group dynamics
  2. Self-awareness, power and privilege associated with race, culture, religion, gender, and social class
  3. Self-awareness of personal cultural worldview
  4. Cross-cultural communication skills

Workshops, Seminars and Symposia (sample list)

Pipeline Development & Diverse Workforce

Over 20 years combined experience supporting development and leadership of ethnic and racial minority students and faculty members across the country.

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  • Tenure Track or Mommy Track? Can they Co-Exist? Cultural Implications of Motherhood Among Latina Academics“,  National Latino/a Psychological Association Biennial Conference, Orlando, FL. (forthcoming, with Dr. Rebecca Campon)
  • Latinas Breaking Glass Ceilings“, American Psychological Association 121st Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  •  A Latina Professor in Recovery: Challenges and Opportunities in Leadership”, National Leadership Conference and Convention. Houston, TX.
  • Success in Higher Education”, EmPower Hour, Proud to be Latina, New York, NY.
  • “From Rags to Re-Searcher: A Latina faculty speaks to her journey”, William Paterson University. Paterson, NJ.
  • Becoming a Psychologist”, McKinley Elementary School, Newark, NJ.

Multicultural Sensitivity, Equity & Inclusion

A Columbia University alum, Dr. Mazzula has extensive experience addressing diversity, equity and inclusion on individual, group and system levels. 

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  • Latino Trends in Health Policy“,  Latino Psychological Association Annual Conference, Hackensack, NJ (with Dr. Aileen Torres)
  • Evaluating Latino Race and Culture in Psychology Publications: Next Steps in Culturally-Relevant Scholarship” ,  American Evaluation Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Race and Culture in Psychology Publications: A Call to Action in Research, Theory and Practice”, American Psychological Association 121st Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Latino/a Racial and Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychology”, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
  • Hispanic/Latino race and ethnicity in Counseling Psychology research: A 15-year review“, with Victoria, V., National Latino/a Psychological Association Biennial Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.

Latino Americans and Mental Health

As a trained scientist-practitioner, Dr. Mazzula has a keen eye on human development and behavior supported by years of clinical and research experience.

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  • “Latinos and Suicide: Where do we go from here?”, Pace University, New York, NY.
  • “Latino/a cultural values orientation: Their concrete significance in clinical work”, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
  • “Transgenerational implications of parenting: Issues for community psychiatry”, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
  • “Latinas/os in White America: Finding a middle ground. The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ.
  • “The Silent Killer: Finding balance and protection within a multicultural framework”, The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ.
  • Latina/o Experiences with Racial Microaggressions”, American Psychological Association 121st Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • “Working with culturally sanctioned symptomontology” New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

  • “Let’s talk about safety: A child sexual abuse prevention program”, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ.
  • “Hablemos de la seguridad: Un programa para la prevención del abuso sexual infantil”, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ.

To learn more about Dr. Mazzula email info@SilviaMazzula.com


Previous clients and contracts

  • The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, CUNY School of Medicine
  • Columbia University
  • New York Police Department
  • New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership, Montclair State University /New Jersey Department of Children and Families
  • Harlem Commonwealth Council, New York
  • American Civil Liberties Union, NYC Chapter
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc.

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