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2810 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322
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435-797-8282

The Culture & Mental Health Lab is currently comprised of graduate students in the combined Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology doctoral program at Utah State University and undergraduate students in the Psychology Department. Lab members are engaged in independent research in an interdependent context. Project content is in parenting, cultural values, microaggressions, and evidence-based interventions. Students are expected to be productive as a result of independent motivation and commitment, engaged mentoring, and proactive collaboration and support from a talented peer group as well as from family and loved ones.

Lesther Papa

Lesther Papa is a doctoral student in the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology program and is concurrently pursuing an Ed.S. in School Psychology at Utah State University (USU). Before attending USU, he received a Master’s in teaching of psychology from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hawai‘i - Mānoa. His research has two primary foci: ethnic minority mental health among youth and families and higher education teaching and learning. Lesther is currently investigating the impact of microaggressions on students and faculty in higher education classrooms using an experimental research design.

Thesis: The Impact of Teaching and Academic Self-Efficacy on Student Engagement and Academic Outcomes (2015)

Dissertation: In Progress.

Publication: Papa et al. (2015). Analyzing statistical mediation with multiple informants: A new approach with an application in clinical psychology. Frontier in Psychology, 6, 1674.

Lesther and Melanie recruiting students at the California Forum for Diversity in Higher Education. October 2013.

Lesther and Melanie recruiting students at the California Forum for Diversity in Higher Education. October 2013.