Belen Guillen (she/her) is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology M.A. program at California State University, Dominguez Hills on the LPCC pathway. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles in 2020. She currently provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy at the BrightView Behavioral Health Center, where she works with children with autism spectrum disorder.
Belen's research interests involve resilience and coping with stress and trauma, with a focus on underserved communities such as immigrants and first-generation college students. Her interests reflect her experiences as a first-generation college student who immigrated to the United States at a young age. She aspires to discover and generate helpful resources that can increase the chance of success for these communities despite or even due to their traumatic and stressful experiences. Increasing knowledge about how individuals cope with stress at different stages in their life is vital. After completing her M.A. and obtaining a LPCC, Belen is interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology and working with adolescents and adults in research and healthcare settings. Outside of academic and research activities, Belen enjoys reading manga, watching anime, (trying to) take care of plants, watching movies, and spending time with her family and friends.