I am a social and community psychologist born in Caracas, Venezuela. Since I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I have been researching and working inside excluded communities with high homicide rates in my native Caracas. Specifically, my professional work has focused on understanding urban violence and how to prevent it. Prior to coming to NYU, I managed "Caracas Mi Convive," a social organization. At "Caracas Mi Convive," I led an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, urban planners, economists, and community leaders. Through teamwork, we integrated diverse perspectives and put them into action to tackle the psychosocial and spatial causes of violence in excluded communities. My professional interest focuses on how to incorporate peace-building theories and violence prevention research to understand the dynamics of urban violence, and the promotion of positive peace in excluded communities in urban settings.
“When urban violence enters your home: testimonies from Caracas, Venezuela”: https://urbanviolence.org/word-on-the-street/
“Children play and resist in La Cota 905”: https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2020/05/01/children-play-and-resist-in-la-cota-905/
“On being a community leader in times of pandemic”: https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2020/04/01/on-being-a-community-leader-in-times-of-pandemic