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GSEP Welcomed Two New Faculty Members This Fall

José L. Santos, PhD, joins the GSEP faculty as an associate professor in the education division. Santos most recently served as an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Organizational Change division at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) where he was an affiliated scholar of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) and an affiliated faculty member of the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Santos served as a senior institutional researcher and as founding executive director of the Latina/o Policy Research Initiative (LPRI) in the College of Humanities at the University of Arizona. He also served as an associate of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, a leading state and national policy center.

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Natasha Thapar-Olmos, PhD, joins GSEP as an assistant professor. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and received her PhD in clinical psychology at UCLA. Most recently, Thapar-Olmos trained and worked as a clinician in a variety of settings in Los Angeles including community mental health, correctional facilities, college counseling, and other medical sites. She has taught and guest lectured on topics such as cognitive behavioral therapy, recovery-oriented services, cultural competence, dialectical behavior therapy, and community psychology.

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Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy (GSEP '96) is the director of the GSEP Urban Initiative, an umbrella program preparing education and mental health professionals to work effectively in underserved urban communities.