Latino Bilingual Emphasis | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The Latino Bilingual Emphasis within the School of Professional Psychology combines academic and clinical training experiences intended to prepare students to work with Latinos of origin and Spanish speaking populations.

The emphasis provides students with a way to cluster their training through a defined curriculum of academic classes, research, and clinical practice that solidify core knowledge in the cross cultural assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, of individuals, child/adolescents, families, and couples of Latinos of origin and Spanish speaking populations. The emphasis also seeks to support student development of other interests within the field of Latino psychology.

It is our goal to train outstanding practitioner-scholars who can deliver and/or develop cutting-edge empirically-driven, culturally-responsive, and validated treatments for this unique population.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty areas of specialization include mental health evaluations; neuropsychological evaluations; individual, child, family, group and couple’s psychotherapy; treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma, eating disorders, obesity, parent-child relations, child and adolescent behavior problems, cross-cultural interventions, stress management, body-mind integrated treatments, wellness practices.


Mentors include a mix of core and part time faculty in addition to community psychologists who provide teaching, supervision and research mentoring to students. Interests include, but are not limited to, work with children, adolescents and adults, assessment, eating disorders, school-based interventions, disabilities and cultural consultation all with Latino populations.

Core Faculty

Ruth Zuniga, PhD | Director
Shahana Koslofsky, PhD | Assistant Director
Katherine Elder, PhD
Robin Shallcross, PhD, ABPP

Affiliated Community Faculty

Lucrecia Suárez | LCSW Conexiones, CTR
Fabiana Wallis, PhD | Conexiones - CTR
Sabrina Gomez, PhD | Forest Grove School District
Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara, PsyD | PSU
Sandra Gonzalez, PsyD | Private Practice
Tod Sloan, PhD | Lewis and Clark
Joe Gallegos, PhD | University of Portland
Alicia Lopez |Curandera
Linda Noval, PsyD | Psychologist living in Perú
Nagel Lindberg Hofman, PhD | Kaiser

Requirements for Emphasis Members

Students who are accepted to the Latino-Bilingual Emphasis will be required to complete the following:

  • Spanish proficiency as scored in the OPI of the ACTFL test.
    • Intermediate mid level is the required point of entry into the emphasis
    • Intermediate high level is the required point of entry in to Practicum I
    • Advanced level is required before graduation
    • Students will be required to take Spanish class until reaching advanced level
  • Completion of the following required courses
    • Intermediate to Advanced Spanish language courses (when needed)
    • Basic Clinical Skills Lab-Bilingual (required in first year)
    • Treatment Planning & Interventions Lab-Bilingual (required in first year)
    • Clinical Interventions with Latino/as
    • Social/Cultural Foundations of Latino/a Mental Health
    • Multicultural Assessment 
    • Three extra credits (class, seminar or independent study) on special topics focused on Latinos
    • Participating in one Latino Immersion Course-International Study (1 credit – recommended in summer first year)
  • At least two of the three clinical training experiences must focus on Latino populations. Priorities will be given to clinical training placements supervised by bilingual and/or culturally competent supervisor
  • Dissertation must be completed within an area of Latino psychology as the primary research focus
  • Maintain good academic standing, a positive attitude, self-awareness, interest and a collaborative approach throughout the entire time at SPP