Josefina Alvarez, PhD is Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at Adler University/Chicago Campus. Prior to retiring from full time teaching, she taught courses in multicultural psychology, community psychology, and the social determinants of mental health. She has held leadership positions related to diversity and inclusion and her research has focused on the development of culturally competent behavioral health interventions. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions for Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Professional Psychology Education and Training Award from the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology . Dr. Alvarez graduated from De Paul University with a degree in Clinical Community Psychology and has experience as a service provider, consultant and trainer. She is the Board President of Mental Health America of the North Shore where she coordinates education and advocacy to promote mental health in Chicago's northern suburbs.