Fariñas, Dr. Janina Dr. Janina E. Fariñas is Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University (CSU). Trained as a pediatric neuropsychologist and a couple and family therapist, Dr. Fariñas’ areas of clinical and research expertise include very early and early childhood stress, toxic stress, adversity and trauma, Infant Mental Health, Latinx Psychology, Latinx Family Studies, and Latinx health equity and community mental health. For the past 11 years, Dr. Fariñas has dedicated herself the development of trauma informed programs benefiting families, women and children/infants. In particular, Dr. Fariñas seeks to shed light on systemic factors causing and/or affecting increases in childhood abuse and neglect, systemic mental health problems, and community toxic stress. Not limited to, but inclusive of Latinx communities, this work has been central to Dr. Fariñas’ work surrounding young and very-young childhood and community-based trauma, and making community equity central to Dr. Fariñas’ work. Dr. Fariñas is passionate about sharing how fundamental interconnectedness between mental health and health equity are at the heart of how integrated clinical and non-clinical programs can optimally support the overall wellbeing and engagement of a community. In February, 2017, Dr. Fariñas founded La Cocina, a cross-sectorial, multidisciplinary community mental health program that addresses how added systemic upstream stressors facing the U.S. Latinx community affect all of us on various levels. She is the 2017 recipient of the City of Fort Collins Human Relations Award (adult category), and serves as a Faculty Fellow in the One Health Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (pediatric specialization) and a Masters in psychology.
Ulloa Girón MSW, Johanna Johanna Ulloa Girón is a vocal community and library advocate whose work as Outreach Services Manager at Poudre River Public Library District (PRPLD) significantly impacts underserved and marginalized populations throughout our region. Her programs and strategic partnerships focus on building awareness of our community’s diversity and championing equality and inclusiveness. Many of Johanna’s projects highlight and work to resolve difficult discussions in our community while establishing the Library as a collaborative hub for agencies, groups, and individuals working toward common goals of social and racial justice. Currently she is leading the program evaluation group at PRPLD.
Johanna is also Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University, where she is a subject area expert on social and racial justice through culturally-competent clinical practice, diversity and equity. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University. Her extensive experience in providing therapeutic services for families, both in Colombia and in the United States, affords her the opportunity to work alongside oppressed communities in an equitable way. Her knowledge of therapeutic services and her passion towards furthering equity has translated into the creation of innovative library programs in the U.S., Mexico, and Nicaragua.