& wellness



At LALA, we understand that managing our psychology, wellbeing and emotions is among the hardest challenges of leadership. We also know that our emotional growth enables all other forms of personal and professional development. Finally, a growing body of research is definitively concluding that leaders that are attuned to their own and other's emotions are more effective, more resilient, and more inspirational. 


This is why we place a strong emphasis on cultivating self-awareness, courage, empathy, and purpose, and in helping our students and alumni confront their reality—a beautiful journey, but perhaps the hardest of all! Thus, we have teamed up with psychologists, therapists and other clinical workers to provide clinical and therapeutic guidance to LALA students and alumni as they walk through the challenges of life. LALA serves as a platform for connecting these experts in the field with students in want and in need of mentorship.

meet our team


Danielle graduated from Duke University in environmental science and policy, cultural anthropology and documentary studies. She was born in Switzerland, is half Brazilian, half Peruvian, grew up living and traveling around the world. Danielle has managed a developmental psychology research laboratory and is currently the Research Coordinator of the DBT Lab in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has an advanced certification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has worked on several research projects related to cognitive-behavioral and third wave intervention therapies, mindfulness, meditation, exercise, yoga and nutrition. She is a strong supporter of mental health education, well-being and is extremely passionate about helping others to build practices for a healthy and balance, life worth living!

LALA Mental Health and Wellness Network Founder and Director



My name is Emily and I am a graduate clinician in School Psychology at the University of Montana. I grew up in Minnesota, but have fallen in love with the natural environment of the rocky mountains. I am passionate about ecological justice and indigenous rights. My work involves supporting teachers, parents, and children within the school system to promote academic and social growth. I take an acceptance-based approach with my therapeutic work and tend to focus on increasing the capacity to feel multiple emotions (even if they are difficult ones). In my free time I like to garden, bike, and listen to music.

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Education: Psychology - PUC-SP, 2015. 04/2019 - Current Health Analyst - Psychologist, Municipal Hospital Authority of São Paulo I work with behavioral intervention with servers at the Hospital Municipal Dr. Alexandre Zaio in order to develop and restore their functional capacity. Interventions consist of individual and group care, where diagnoses and treatment plans are drawn up. I also perform activities focused on the planning, coordination and execution of organizational actions, aiming to support the development of the skills of servers, teams and managers. 06/2016 - 03/2019 Psychologist, Municipality of São Caetano do Sul. Acting as a psychologist at CRAS - Foundation, equipment of the Municipal Secretariat of Assistance and Social Inclusion. The work activities consisted of monitoring cases included in the PAIF (Protection and Comprehensive Care for the Family), group work with those assisted by social programs and formulating projects to promote rights and prevent the breaking of family and community bonds. In 2018, brief experience as a CRAS-Fundação coordinator. In this position, I initiated actions to strengthen the network (government agencies and equipment and third sector institutions). As a result, we offer training and income generation courses for beneficiaries of the Bolsa Família program who were unemployed. Project carried out in partnership with the Japanese community of São Caetano do Sul. Check him out on Instagram: @andrelsteixeira

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I have a degree in Psychology from the Methodist University of São Paulo (2013). I worked as a research assistant and interviewer for the Department of Psychiatry of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP / ESPM) in epidemiological research entitled Trauma, mental health and early childhood development, (2016). Volunteer psychologist at the Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic - Integral Development of Children and Adolescents (DICA-CAISM / UNIFESP), FAP Scholarship holder in the Research and Innovations in the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Use and Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs project by the Department of Psychiatry at the Federal University from São Paulo (UNIFESP / ESPM) 2018/2020, Master's student at the Department of Psychiatry of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP / ESPM) with a grant from CNPq, volunteer at DBT-Lab / Paradigma - Center for Behavioral Sciences and Technology.

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Master (2015) and PhD (2019) in Sciences (Psychobiology) from the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences Letras de Ribeirão Preto- USP, and psychologist from the same institution (2019). He has a Normal Course (Medium Level) from the Instituto de Educação Clélia Nanci (2006), a degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (2011 - Bachelor and Licenciatura). She was a founding volunteer of the Pedagogical Study Group (2016-2018), of the Community Interdisciplinary Teaching Project at the University of São Paulo. Has professional experience in the Education area, having taught classes for all Basic Education and Higher Education. He has research experience in the field of Experimental Psychology, working mainly on the following themes: word learning, verbal behavior, verbal / non-verbal correspondence, cooperation, honesty, lying, social behavior, and behavior analysis. Founding member of the Maria Emília Collective of revolutionary women. It is part of CLiCS - Research Group on Culture, Language and Symbolic Behavior and INCT-ECCE - National Institute of Science and Technology on Behavior, Cognition and Teaching. He is interested in metacience and scientific dissemination. Author and reviewer of the science dissemination blog Boletim Behaviorista. Illustrator of Science in Brazil (newsletter). Author of the illustrated series: Diary of a Doctorate - the Academic World.

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Behavioral psychologist, she works with adults, the elderly and couples in person in Santa Cecília, São Paulo, and with online services, through secure platforms. Professional authorized and registered on e-psi. Graduated from Anhembi Morumbi University, with academic exchange at the European University of Lisbon, awarded Anhembi Honors for having excelled during graduation. He has professional experiences in SUS basic health units; at Incor - HCFMUSP; in Psychology Clinics and in schools, with activities aimed at individuals and groups, with personal development projects, helping in self-knowledge and in the recovery of subjective well-being. He also does volunteer work at DBT-LAB, at the Paradigma center, a program created to offer psychotherapy to people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Check out her page on Instagram: @omundodapsico_

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My name is Enrique Pérez and I am a psychotherapist psychologist with cognitive orientation, I finished a certification in TRE and I have also been applying Mindfulness techniques and I also have some coaching training and since 2011 I have been dedicating myself to the clinical area. Mainly I have worked with adolescents and adults with different emotional issues to resolve.

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I was fortunate enough to grow up in Puerto Rico where my parents sent us to a spanish speaking Catholic School where we became bilingual. I did not have the opportunity to utilize my skills through college and graduate school but have, in my practice, been able to resume offering those skills to my clients. I have been in private practice for 35 years with a doctorate in clinical psychology. For 20 years my practice included child, adolescent, adult and couple therapy along with forensic evaluations. I have been designated a chid custody negotiator and mediator. I ran a sex offender treatment program and supervised a number of students and employees. I currently focus only on forensic evaluations and being an expert witness and a mitigation specialist. In Mexico I am the director of a free Spay and Neuter Clinic for street animals and have created an outstanding Mexican team and I am a volunteer for a project translating for attorneys assisting women incarcerated by ICE. for 7 years in Mexico I also supervised a team of volunteers and taught English at an orphanage. I am also the mother of two children and have 4 grandchildren and am married to a retired lawyer/judge.

Member of the Psychologists Network



Clinical psychologist with experience in educational psychology. Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist. Magister in education with mention in learning difficulties. Mindfulness courses. Find her at @psico_lucianabarahona

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Stephanie is a PhD student in School Psychology at Temple University. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a MEd in School Psychology from Temple University. Her main research interest is the school to prison pipeline for children with autism and alternatives to harsh disciplinary practices in schools that push children out of classrooms and into the justice system. She is passionate about expanding mental health resources for youth and working with young leaders on their journey of social-emotional growth, which brought her to LALA. Check her out at

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