“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~M. Williamson
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.
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:
- Racism, discrimination, culture and group dynamics
- Self-awareness, power and privilege associated with race, culture, religion, gender, and social class
- Self-awareness of personal cultural worldview
- 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.
- “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.
- “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.
- “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.