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Jennifer Gaviria

Clinical Faculty, Collaborative Partnerships for Preventative Mental Health Services

Jennifer grew up in Central Falls and Pawtucket while holding on to her family’s roots in Colombia. Every summer, and nearly every Christmas, growing up was spent in Don Matias, Antioquia.

In 2018, Jennifer became one of the co-founders of the Latino Mental Health Network of RI where they aim to recruit and retain aspiring and current Latinx mental health professionals. “Being Latinx has shaped my work immensely. My work focuses on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, decreasing mental health stigma in our community, and encouraging Latinx folks to enter the field of mental health; either as nurses, therapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychiatrists.”

Today, she works at Thundermist Health Center where she provides mental health and telemental health to adults, children, and families. Jennifer also supervises, teaches, and mentors Social Work RIC students.

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