Silvia Mazzula

Silvia Mazzula

Associate Professor
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PhD     Columbia University
MPhil   Columbia University
MA      The College of New Jersey
      The College of New Jersey


Dr. Silvia Lorena Mazzula, Ph.D., is an award-wining educator, scholar mentor and mental health researcher who specializes on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Under the broad umbrella of “cultural responsive science”, her current research focuses on racial trauma, diverse academic pipeline development, and Latino mental health, with particular attention to socio-cultural identities (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, social class) and race and culture as psychological and subconscious processes of of human thought and behavior. As an evaluator, she is an expert in developing process, benchmark measures and systemic guidelines to assess equitable, inclusive and culturally responsive research and scholarship and in social framework evaluation of discrimination and inclusiveness in the workplace.

Dr. Mazzula is a founder and Executive director of the Latina Researchers Network (LRN): the country’s first multi-disciplinary research network to support Latina doctoral level investigators, scholars and evaluators, where she manages program design, incubation and evaluation. Under her leadership, LRN has grown to 3,000+ worldwide and has provided unparalleled access to Latinx role models and resources to succeed in the academy.   Learn more about LRN at ​​

She has given 100+ evidence-based talks, seminars and workshops on culturally responsive science, diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the country, has appeared on NBC and featured or expert quoted on National Public Radio (NPR), USAToday, El Diario NY, Washington Times, Insight into Diversity Magazine, San Antonio Express News, and others.

A Columbia University alum, Dr. Mazzula is a first generation college student from poor economic background, born in Uruguay, South America, raised in New Jersey, and mother of three boys.

For more information about Dr. Mazzula, visit  You can also follow her on Twitter: @DrMazzula

Scholarly Work

Dr. Mazzula is an editor of a four-volume encyclopedia, SAGE Encyclopedia on Psychology and Gender by SAGE Publications Inc., with contributions from over 600 scholars, and author of Ethics for Counselors: Integrating Counseling and Psychology Standards by Springer Publishing Company.  Her work has been published in scientific journals, book chapters and encyclopedias. Some of her most noted scholarly contributions include serving as lead investigator for a nation-wide evaluation of scholarship and community-based solutions to improve the well-being Latino boys and men and, with colleagues at Columbia University, the development of the Race Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Scale.

For a full list of publications, visit​

Research Summary

Dr. Mazzula's research focuses on racial trauma, multicultural competencies in research and practice, social networks for diverse academic pipeline development, and Latino Psychology. She has an active research lab of students at John Jay College, and collaborates with various inter-disciplinary research teams throughout the United States.

Her lab, at John Jay College, focuses on advancing the study of race and culture in psychology. Studies examine the experience of marginalized populations (e.g., racial minorities, women, immigrants) and how to improve treatment that is culturally relevant to their lived experiences and worldviews.  All studies pay particular attention to socio-cultural identities (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, social class) and race and culture as psychological and subconscious processes of human thought and behavior.

Current projects focus on:

  1. Bicultural efficacy and mental health, particularly among Latino, African American and Asian American populations.
  2. Race-based cultural experiences, stress and trauma.
  3. Racial and cultural competencies in psychology research, practice and scholarship.
  4. Diverse academic and leadership pipeline development.


To learn more about Dr. Mazzula's research lab and see what her students have presented, visit

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