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Services for At-Risk Youth & Families (SAYF) Research Laboratory

SAYF Research Lab



Omar Gudino

Dr. Omar Gudino, PhD, ABPP
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Frontier Hall, Room

Omar Gudino, PhD, ABPP is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. Dr. Gudino directs the Services for At-Risk Youth & Families (SAYF) Lab, which conducts research on patterns of risk and resilience in youth exposed to trauma; the development and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for maltreated youth; and unmet need for mental health services. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Gudino teaches an undergraduate course on abnormal psychology and serves as an undergraduate major advisor for psychology. Furthermore, he teaches graduate seminars on the psychological assessment of children; multicultural issues in mental health; and provides clinical training to doctoral students in the Child Clinical PhD Program. Dr. Gudino is a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist and a licensed psychologist in Colorado and New York.

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Licensure and Certification

  • Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Registrant #53221
  • Colorado Licensed Psychologist #3707
  • New York Licensed Psychologist #018596

Positions & Appointments

Assistant Professor (Child Clinical Area), Department of Psychology
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, Clinical Child Psychology Program
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Clinical Psychologist, NYU Child Study Center
New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

Director of Trauma Treatment Services & Senior Psychologist, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY

Education & Training

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, New York University School of Medicine
NIMH T32 Research Training Program in Translational Developmental Neuroscience

Ph.D. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
Major: Clinical Psychology | Minors: Developmental & Quantitative Psychology
Dissertation: Risk and Resilience: An Examination of Predictors of Psychopathology in Latino Youth Exposed to Violence

Clinical Psychology Intern, NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program
Child and Adolescent Psychology Specialty Track
New York University Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital Center

M.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
College Honors Program

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Graduate Courses

  • Child Assessment – Personality (PSYC 4413)
  • Multicultural Issues in Mental Health (PSYC 4571)

Undergraduate Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2500)
  • Child Psychopathology (PSYC 3530)

Postdoctoral Fellow

María Islas-López

María Islas-López, PhD

María Islas-López, PhD is the IRISE Postdoctoral fellow for the Immigrant Latino Youth Adaptation in the Context of Inequality: An Interdisciplinary Research Training Program. Having been raised and educated in Mexico (B.A., Sociology, National Autonomous University of Mexico), and then completing her graduate studies in the United States (Ph.D., Sociology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), María has a long record of interdisciplinary collaborations, advocacy, and field research experience in southern Mexico, New Jersey, Colorado and Rhode Island. She has worked with Mexican migrants, Latino immigrant families and low-income communities, particularly in the areas of child development, nutrition, education and community well-being.

In her research, María is examining how the thought processes of immigrant families inform and draw on the contexts of their everyday living. In particular, her current work explores future-oriented cognition. Drawing on fieldwork completed in Mexico and the United States, her recently completed dissertation examines the relationship between the specific socio-cultural contexts of immigrant families and their future thinking. It discovers several surprising and hitherto under-appreciated ways that future thinking shapes how immigrant families make choices and understand their well-being.

In her role as Postdoctoral fellow at IRISE, María is collaborating with faculty from the Department of Psychology and Morgridge College of Education in constructing an interdisciplinary approach for understanding the adjustment of Latino immigrant families. She is interested in exploring how the future outlooks of Latino immigrant parents respond to socio-cultural environmental factors, and how they shape trajectories of well-being in their children.

Graduate Students

Skyler Leonard

Skyler Leonard, M.Ed., MA

Skyler Leonard, MEd, MA is a fourth-year clinical student in the Services for At-Risk Youth and Families research lab. Skyler is from the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington receiving his BA is psychology in 2009. He then joined Teach for America and taught 5/6th grade math and science in Phoenix, Arizona while completing his Master's in Education at Arizona State University in 2011. Skyler has worked as a research assistant at the University of Washington's Child Health Institute with the Developmental Pathways Project. Skyler received his Master's degree in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver in 2015, and is currently pursuing his PhD. Skyler's research program focuses on the interaction of mental health and academic achievement for at-risk youth and examines how schools can bolster the resilience of students and promote positive outcomes.
Thania Galvan

Thania Galvan

Thania Galvan is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Services for At Risk Youth and Families research lab. She received her B.A. in psychology from Trinity University in May 2011. After graduation, she moved to the northeast where she spent 4 years working as a research assistant in various positions. Her first research position was with Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine working in the Pediatric, Mood, Imaging and Neurodevelopment (PediMIND) Program. She, then, pursued a second research assistantship at Harvard Medical School working in the Women, Hormone and Aging Research Program (WHARP). These experiences allowed her to not only develop her research skills, but also her research interests. As such, Thania is interested in better understanding the cultural and contextual factors influencing mental health outcomes and service utilization in Latino families.

Allison Stiles

Allison Stiles

Allison Stiles is a 3rd year doctoral student in the clinical child psychology program. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Bates College in May 2010. After graduating, Allison joined Teach for American and taught fifth grade in Gallup, New Mexico. Her experiences working with at-risk youth led her to begin working as a research assistant in the Child Health and Development Lab at DU, exploring the function of parental support in safeguarding children from early environmental stress. As a 3rd year graduate student in the Services for At-Risk Youth and Families lab, Allison's research interests involve understanding mental health treatment disparities for disadvantaged, ethnically diverse youth and families. She is interested in the development of culturally sensitive treatment interventions that can be implemented into realistic, challenging settings such as schools and community centers.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Andrea Mendez-Otero

Andrea Mendez-Otero

I am a junior at DU majoring in psychology and minoring in marketing and Spanish. I am interested in pursuing a career in clinical psychology or human resources. Some of the things that I like to do for fun are traveling with my family, playing golf and trying new foods.

Jaryd Dorsey

Jaryd Dorsey

I am a sophomore at DU. I hope to one day become a child psychologist at a children’s hospital. In my free time I like to relax by playing pick-up soccer games with my close friends.

Taylor Klock

Taylor Klock

I am a sophomore student, with a junior Standing at DU. I hope to eventually earn my PhD in clinical psychology, and hopefully some day open up a practice of my own. In regard to research I'm especially interested in child developmental psychology and mental health disorders of all spectrum's. Above everything else my main goal in the psychology field is to make a difference in lives of other people through my work. For fun I enjoy being outside hammocking, skiing, hiking, taking in nature, finding the best taco places in Denver, hanging out with friends, and my kitty.

Amber Varela

Amber Varela

I am a junior at DU. I hope to one day pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a special interest in minority populations. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and reading a great book.

SAYF Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

Laura A. Rindlaub, PhD (2015) (Dissertation: The Caregiver-Child Relationship, Youth Mental Health, and Placement Stability in a Child Welfare Sample)


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Aimee Schneider, BA 2016 (Honor's Thesis: Cultural Values and Behavioral Inhibition in Latino Youth at Risk for Posttraumatic Avoidance Symptoms after Violence Exposure)

Tania Molinar-Castillo, BA 2016 (Summer Research Grant: Analyzing the Experiences of Latino/a Providers in Mental Health Services)

Leah Olguin, BA 2015 (Honor's Thesis: Criminality in Adolescents Aging out of Foster Care: The Effects of maltreatment, Psychopathy, and Masculine Norms)

Cassie Dobson (BA/MSW expected 2018)