Joanna Barreras is a doctoral student in the Social Welfare program in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. In recognition of exemplary scholarship and her commitment to improving the well-being of Latinos, Joanna has been awarded numerous fellowships and most notably the Eugene V. Cota Robles four-year fellowship and the Dr. Ursula Mandel Scholarship to fund her research on issues around health and mental health service utilization affecting the Latino community. Furthermore, she has been a recipient of the UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs Monica Salinas Latino Fellowship and the Social Justice Initiative Fellowship. Such awards have allowed her to collaborate with community health and mental health clinics serving a large Latino population. As a striving scholar, Joanna has presented her work in several conferences such as the Society of Social Work Research Annual Conference, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference, the Latino Health Equity Conference, and the Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health. In addition, she has collaborated with researchers at Rand Corporation and has four manuscripts on Latino health issues under review, submitted to high impact journals. She continues to excel in contributing to the knowledge base through her research with hope to exert needed change around policies and practices focusing on the betterment of one of the largest fastest growing minorities in our nation—Latinos. Joanna received her MSW at California State University, Los Angeles in 2012 and her BA in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach in 2010. Her previous research experiences focused on health care utilization among Mexicans in California and mental health issues in low-income and minority communities. Her current research interests include physical and mental health disparities affecting Latinos, access and utilization of health and mental health care services, immigrant issues, and multicultural issues in research and practice.