Resilience among children exposed to interpersonal trauma; child maltreatment prevention; childhood exposure to intimate partner violence and parental substance use; youth aging out of foster care; strengths-based practice; social work practice with Latinxs; intervention research; implementation science; research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods).


Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Community Engaged Scholar, IUPUI Collaboratory, Academic and Research Units, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Affiliated Research Scientist, Life Paths Research Center

Social Work
PhD, University of Kansas, Social Welfare, minor Quantitative Psychology, 2013
MSW, University of Kansas, 2006
Diploma, Universidad Catolica Boliviana "San Pablo", Higher Education, 2004
Diploma, UNESCO- Universidad Mayor de San Andres, Research Methodology and Higher Education, 2002
Diploma, Bolivian Institute of Family Therapy Elizabeth Sotelo de Mendez, Family Therapy, 1999
Licenciatura, Universidad Catolica Boliviana "San Pablo", Psychology, 1997
domestic violence strengths-based practice child maltreatment prevention resilience protective factors parental substance misuse
French (Basic), Spanish (Native)

Outstanding Woman Leader, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Office for Women, 2021

International Student Member, Chapter Award, Phi Beta Delta, International Honor Society, Alpha Pi Chapter-University of Kansas, 2013

Liane V. Davis Scholarship, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2012

Fulbright Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Award, US Department of State, 2011

Woman of Distinction, The Commission on the Status of Women and the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, University of Kansas, 2011

Clark Coan International Student Leadership Award, International Scholars and Students Services, University of Kansas, 2008

Outstanding International Woman Student of the Year, The commission on the Status of Women and the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center, University of Kansas., 2006

Goodwin Garfield Award for theory-practice integration, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, 2006

Fulbright Scholarship – LASPAU (Bolivia),, US Department of State, 2004

Teaching Excellence Award: Students' award & Chancellor’s award, Universidad Católica Boliviana (Bolivian Catholic University),, 2002

Bolivian Representative for the Signature of Foundation of the Latin-American Psychotherapy Federation, Department of Health: Mental Health Direction, Bolivia, 2000

Academic Excellence Fellowship, Department of Psychology Universidad Católica Boliviana, 1997-1998

Society for Social Work and Research
Council on Social Work Education
National Latino Network
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, Faculty Success Program
Latino Social Workers Organization
Indiana Fulbright Association
American Professional Association on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society
Golden Key International Honour Society
Fulbright Alumni Association
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Bolivian Humanistic-Existential Psychology Association