Our Team

Proyecto Mamá is a community-based research project directed by Dr. Lisa Edwards and members of the Culture and Well-Being Research Lab at Marquette University.

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Dr. Edwards’ research focuses on positive functioning and well-being among racial/ethnic minorities in the United States. Specifically, she examines the influence of cultural resources (e.g., familism and ethnic identity) on well-being among Latino adolescents, racially diverse college students, and multiracial individuals. She is also interested in how Latina mothers experience and cope with perinatal mental health concerns, and how our communities might better support mothers and their families during pregnancy and postpartum periods.

If you have any questions about the project or would like to know more, please contact Dr. Edwards by email at lisa.edwards@marquette.edu

Bianca Bello, B.A.

Bianca Bello is a first year clinical mental health student. She is a Latina from Milwaukee and is interested in research topics about Latina/o well-being, identity, motherhood, positive psychology, and resiliency. She plans to work with youth and families from underserved populations and obtain a PhD. in the near future.

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Ashley Faytol, M.S.

Ashley is a student in the counseling psychology doctoral program. Her general interests fall within Latinx/Chicanx psychology as well as positive psychology and spirituality. She joined the Culture and Well-Being Lab due to its emphasis on working to develop greater wellness among individuals, families, and the broader community.



Karina Loyo, M.Ed.

Karina is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Marquette University. Broadly, her research interests center around examining psychosocial determinants of health among racial and ethnic minorities as well as coping resources and adjustment processes during acute or chronic life stressors. She is passionate about supporting the enhancement of psychological and emotional wellness for individuals and families with a particular focus on underserved communities.

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Mackenzie Goertz, M.A.

Mackenzie is a first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Marquette University. She has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Latinx Mental Health. Mackenzie is invested in the promotion of culturally congruent care among Latinxs and the development of multicultural training initiatives for service providers. She is also interested in processes of racial identity development and identifying strategies for dismantling the impact of Whiteness.

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Juan Pantoja, B.A., B.S. 

Juan is a Chicago, IL native but now resides in Milwaukee, WI. He is a first year masters graduate student at Marquette University studying clinical mental health counseling. His professional interests include: Latino/a resiliency, gender roles, masculinity, and bicultural/biracial identity.


Past Lab Members

Daniel Cruz Lattimore, M.S. 

Daniel Cruz Lattimore completed his masters in clinical mental health at Marquette University. When Daniel is not involved with the Culture and Well-Being Research Lab, he is dedicated to promoting the mental health of the community through humor, creativity, and improvisation.


Amanda Ramirez, M.S.
Amanda C. Ramírez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Milwaukee, WI due to educational purposes. She graduated from Marquette University with a Masters degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Child and Adolescent specialization. Her research and professional interests are multi-cultural counseling, testing and assessment, family therapy, and child and adolescent therapy.