Ana Chatham is a doctoral student at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Ana’s research is focused on improving the mental health and wellbeing of Latinx persons through culturally informed prevention, intervention, and structural changes. Her research is grounded in her 10 years of practice experience serving clients in micro, mezzo, and macro capacities in fields including family preservation, domestic violence, and mental health. Ana has expertise in community-based participatory research (CBPR). Mentored by Dr. Carmen Valdez, she is a collaborator in various interdisciplinary participatory studies including a mental health needs assessment of rural communities in Mexico and a study on minoritized youth’s experiences of environmental justice. Ana is a licensed clinical social worker in Texas. She graduated from Seton Hill University with a B.A. in Psychology and from Baylor University with an MSW. Her Master’s program, funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, allowed her to participate in additional training to give her the vocabulary and insights needed to work with Spanish-speaking clients. Ana was born and raised on the border of Brazil and Uruguay and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Professional Interests

Mental health and wellbeing of Latinx families, health disparities, culturally-adapted interventions.