Meet The Team
Noé Rubén Chávez, PhD
Dr. Noé Rubén Chávez is a trained Community Psychologist. He has collaborated with multiple stakeholders from academia, non-profit organizations, medical centers, public schools, and community-based organizations, in various urban contexts, including the Southside of Chicago, New York City, and currently in South Los Angeles. More recently, during his postdoctoral research fellowship at the comprehensive cancer center of City of Hope, he collaborated with biologists on science education for underrepresented youth of color. He has also worked with a multisectoral coalition to conduct youth participatory action research (YPAR) to empower youth to improve local community health. Currently, he is working with the MLK Community Healing and Trauma Prevention Center in Willowbrook (South Los Angeles) to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of the center initiative and develop YPAR projects with local youth to nurture community well-being and resilience as well as support students to pursue careers in behavioral science grounded in social justice. Dr. Chávez is current Member-at-Large for the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA-Division 27 of the American Psychological Association), SCRA Leadership Development Fellow 2018-2020, research consultant with Harder+Company Community Research, Member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Journal of Adolescent and Family Health, and Journal of Latinx Psychology, and is also active in a number of other national committees and advisory councils related to immigrant justice, health equity, and inclusive/cultural responsive evaluation. He engages students in his research and draws from his diversity of life and work experiences to enhance his teaching and student mentoring.
Raquelle N. Holmes
Raquelle N. Holmes serves as the Program Coordinator for the Psychology Program in the College of Science and Health at CDU. Raquelle completed her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, and received her MBA from Claremont Graduate University.
Raquelle has worked in private, non-profit and public education sectors and brings professional service excellence to her position assisting administrators, faculty, staff and students.
Raquelle loves traveling and is an art, music and dance enthusiast and supporter.
Eric Houston, PhD
Dr. Eric Houston is an Assistant Professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is a clinical psychologist who conducts research that focuses on the role of cognitive processes in health behaviors and affective disorders. Much of his work involves the assessment of implicit cognitive processes, including thoughts, memories, and feelings that occur outside of conscious awareness but influence an individual’s perception, judgment, decision-making, and action. In addition, his work focuses on the development of theoretically-based clinical interventions designed to address the impact of implicit processes, particularly among individuals faced with multiple psychosocial stressors. In a recent study, Project STEP, Dr. Houston led a team of researchers and community partners in investigating the viability of a web-based cognitive training program to reduce psychological distress and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among young African American and Latino men living with HIV (https://www.mindsonhealth.org). Dr. Houston’s work has been published in major peer-reviewed journals and presented at leading scientific conferences. He has been awarded research grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Candice Goldstein, PhD, CADC-II
, PhD, CADC-II developed and implemented the Bachelor of Science Psychology with an emphasis in Community Counseling program, and serves as the Program Director. Dr. Goldstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, a second Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is also a California State Certified Substance Abuse Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Dr. Goldstein has worked in the field of mental health and addiction counseling for over 25 years covering residential, therapeutic communities, outpatient, day care habilitive, and private practice settings. Dr. Goldstein has also worked in academia teaching as well as administration of academic programs for over 15 years. Her research has focused on addictive behaviors including sensation seeking and smoking cessation. She has also worked on grants and contracts within treatment and education settings for mental health services. Dr Goldstein’s focus is effective advisement, mentoring and clinical training of psychology students to counsel underserved populations that need prevention, education and treatment for biopsychosocial substance abuse and mental health issues.