Lillian Polanco-Roman, PhD
Dr. Polanco-Roman is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Mental Health Equity Lab at The New School for Social Research. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and obtained her PhD at The Graduate Center/City College, CUNY. She completed a T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry/Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. She also completed her psychology internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has trained at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi Medical Center, The Psychological Center at City College, CUNY, and The Wellness Center at John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Polanco-Roman’s research interests are in the intersecting areas of cultural psychology, mental health, and youth development. Her research aims to investigate the sociocultural context of the development of psychopathology as well as in the promotion of mental well-being among racial/ethnic minoritized and immigrant youth. She examines whether culture-specific stressors such as racial/ethnic discrimination experience elicit traumatic stress reactions in racial and ethnic minoritized youth, and whether culture-specific processes may serve to buffer the harmful effects of cultural stressors. Her lab also aims to understand causes for the racial and ethnic disparities in youth health risk behaviors (i.e., suicidal behaviors) by clarifying precursors in the development of suicide-related risk, including the developmental consequences of adverse childhood experiences such as racial/ethnic discrimination.