Tatiana Restrepo is currently a senior who is double majoring in Psychology (B.A.) and Human and Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Settings (B.S.). She is involved with the Talent Development (TD) program, Jumpstart Program, and serves as the Vice President of the Psychology Club.
Tatiana’s interests within the field of psychology focus around working with children and adolescents who are experiencing mental illness and who live in low-income communities. She has already earned the Applied Behavioral Psychology Certificate and has recent been accepted into the Master’s Program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. Tatiana’s future plans involve obtaining her Psy.D with hopes of starting her own practice.
Tatiana has gained experience in working with adolescents through internships at the Attleboro Center for Community Care Services, The Groden Center, and with her current internship at the Federal Hill House Association where she assists low-income children in managing their anger and stress. At the Attleboro Center for Community Care Services, she became a role model and mentor for clients ages 12-18 with mental and emotional illnesses. She assisted clinical staff with case management duties and administrative tasks as well as co-facilitating weekly psycho-educational group for clients. At the Groden Center, she helped to implement individualized education plans and behavioral/education programs for students ages 17-20 who are diagnosed with severe Autism. At the Federal Hill House Association, Tatiana currently leads group activities to reduce stress and anger for school-age children using a program she helped to develop. She is also working to develop and facilitate activities to improve emotional, social, and cognitive skills and and assisting with administrative tasks.
Throughout her time at URI, Tatiana has also been an undergraduate research assistant where she works with Dr. Susan Loftus-Rattan in assisting with the translation and transcription of surveys and interviews into Spanish for elementary schools students in Central Falls, RI. Through these experiences she has learned that children and adolescents experience many difficulties mentally, socially, emotionally, and intellectually, especially those who live in low-income communities. It is hard for those who are not in this field to imagine all the struggles children, adolescents, and their families go through, and these experiences have served as major “eye openers” for her. These experiences have further motivated her to pursue a career as a psychologist.
Tatiana is actively involved with university and community service programs. She is a volunteer at URI recruitment events, the YMCA Childcare Center, Crossroads, and a national campaign to support literacy. Tatiana also serves as a mentor at the Talent and Development Summit.
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