Aileen Kangavary

University of South Florida

School Psychology


Aileen Kangavary is a first-generation and bicultural first-year School Psychology doctoral student at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. in Honors Psychology from California State University, Northridge in 2021, and was funded through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research preparatory program for racially/ethnically diverse college students called BUILD PODER. From 2021-2023, she was a Research Associate at the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program (CAMAT) at the University of Miami under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May where she coordinated the CAMAT research-training clinic and assisted with multiple adaptations of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C) and Adolescents (UP-A) in low-income schools. Broadly, she is interested in closing the opportunity gap in education by utilizing school-based mental health care to increase access to treatment in youth regardless of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. Aileen is excited to mentor and empower students to feel confident enough to apply to graduate school by teaching them the skills and information that will help lead them to succeed in their careers—the same way her Project SHORT mentors helped her get into graduate school!

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