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The Path Forward

Yashira Oropeza-Diaz, PsyD, MSCP, LMHC

Adjunct Faculty

PsyD, Carlos Albizu University; MSCP, Alliant International University; MS, Carlos Albizu University; BA, Universidad de Puerto Rico

Yashira Oropeza-Diaz, Psy.D., MSCP, LMHC, CCTP, MA-PGS, graduated in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and completed a post-doctoral master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University. Yashira is a fully bilingual (English/Spanish) Clinical Psychologist currently working with the Baystate Children's Hospital and UMass Medical School. She also works in her private practice Karuna Psychological Services, LLC providing services to the community from Massachusetts and Connecticut areas. Dr. Oropeza-Diaz area of expertise is trauma and possesses professional certifications in several evidenced-based models such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Practitioner from the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Yashira’s passion lies in the service of children and families, as well as increasing the awareness of culturally responsive and trauma-informed care. Through SAMHSA funding and the Family Advocacy Center “Partners in Care” grant, Dr. Oropeza-Diaz has been collaborating with Carlos Albizu University in Puerto Rico, as well as community mental health agencies in Massachusetts. The focus of this collaboration has been to provide trauma-informed care training, and evidence-based services both "in island", and for the Hispanic population residing in Massachusetts.

Dr. Oropeza-Diaz is a collaborator for the APA Multicultural Internship Program at School Street Counseling in Springfield, MA and has provided clinical supervision to practicum students, interns, and fellows in Mental Health Counseling, and Psychology from different universities across the country. Yashira has collaborated with cultural diversity and responsiveness consultation in various National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Committees including the Cultural Consortium, and was the Co-Chair of the Translation Review Committee. She also volunteered to work with the Trauma Center at JRI for the Complex Trauma Treatment Training project, and provides clinical consultation to bilingual clinicians in the communities in subjects related to acculturation, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Yashira has been appointed the President of the Alumni Association from Carlos Albizu University. She is currently teaching Psychology courses at The American Women’s College in Bay Path University and possesses teaching appointments to UMASS/Baystate Medical School, and Tufts Medical School.