Sonia’s research focuses on interdisciplinary methodologies, psychopathology, and psychological knowledge production about Afro-indigenous Latinx populations. Her ethnography and textual/linguistic analyses look at “”cultural concepts of distress”” (CCDs), such as Ataque de Nervios. She documents gendered anti-Black and anti-Indigenous stereotypes carried within the literature on CCDs and related topics. Her work formulates a cross-disciplinary archive of race, gender, science, and psychopathology to reveal how concepts of brujería (Spanish for ‘magic’, or often, ‘witchcraft’) and other examples of non-Western knowledge become pathologized in the existing research and training literature. Sonia also does educational work in the community about the gut-brain connection as a grassroots antidote to the pathologizing stereotypes of “nerves” or “nervios.”

Sonia is a Hellman Foundation fellow for her work on race and gender in biomedical systems of psychopathology. She teaches Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods at JFKU and is completing her PhD at UC Berkeley in the department of Ethnic Studies. Sonia has published research in ethnic studies, social, organizational, and clinical psychology, and studied Counseling Psychology at the doctoral level. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University, not terribly far from her hometown of Cicero, Illinois.


  • HCP 5054 Research Methods