Dr. Maite Mena is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Assistant Professor. She has extensive experience in working with minority populations experiencing health disparities and in implementing programs and evaluating their outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Mena has collaborated in developing and testing a culturally informed family therapy for minority populations (CIFFTA) focusing on families affected by substance abuse and co-occurring psychiatric disorders, and families affected by cultural issues. Her research interests include vulnerable populations, primarily Hispanic youth and their families in the areas of mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders, HIV and sexually risky behaviors, gender differences, and cultural stressors. Dr. Mena works collaboratively with a community organization which focuses on reducing health disparities in the Hispanic community. As a result of her work in the community, Dr. Mena received an award for Excellence in Partnership from the community organization in 2013.