Nafin Elias, B.A.
Nafin Elias is a second-year student in the clinical/counseling psychology master’s program at William Paterson University. Her professional interests and goals developed from her own cultural identity and journey as a multicultural student. As an immigrant, she felt that it was important to explore and navigate the intersectionality that she and many other students have experienced. Elias has extensively volunteered and worked within her local communities and at William Paterson University. During her undergraduate experience, some of the work she has done includes volunteering her time to mentor students enrolled in the course “Psychology of Women”, worked as co-researcher in the Social Cognition/Perception Research Lab Team, and has been a part of the Circassian Benevolent Association in Wayne, New Jersey for nearly a decade. Nafin believes that strong communities are shaped by individuals who want to help others achieve their goals; Elias hopes to do just that through her future work in the field of clinical/counseling psychology.
Nuu Grenier, B.A., M. Ed.
Nuu Grenier (They/Them) is a second-year master’s student in the Clinical and Counseling program at William Paterson University. Nuu graduated with a BA in Television and Digital Media from Montclair State University in 2015 and in 2017 they completed their MA in School Counseling at Frostburg State University. Nuu currently works for the Women’s Center at William Paterson University and collaborates with the staff there to facilitate informational workshops on Intimidate Partner Violence Prevention and LGBTQIA+ inclusive programming.
As a part of their studies, Nuu is currently researching Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) within the LGBTQIA+ community. Additional research interests include LGBTQIA+ health, sexual and gender identity development, and suicide prevention strategies for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
Ryan Puebla, B.A.
Ryan is a second-year Masters student in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology MA program at William Paterson. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2019 with a BA in psychology and a minor in biology. Additionally, he attended Passaic County Community College and in 2017 earned his Associates of Arts in Psychology. Ryan is a part of an international honors society for two-year community colleges called Phi Theta Kappa and on his spare time provides workshops and activities to community college students to empower and improve their leadership abilities. His research interests include developmental anxiety and depression in children/adolescents living in non-traditional families, coping mechanisms for those children/adolescents, and communication between first generation students and family members in a hispanic household.
Kimberly Perez-Lucero, B.A.
Kimberly is a first-year master's student in the Clinical and Counseling program at William Paterson University. She graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Latin American Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2019. She will be assisting with the Spanish-speaking group for the Paterson Project.
Kimberly works as a Support Coordinator for adults with disabilities. Her research interests in the field include multicultural counseling, and the risk factors that contribute to mental health disparities amongst racial and ethnic minorities. Incuding socioeconomic status, undocumented status, and cultural stigma.
Arohan Rimal, B.A.
Arohan Rimal is a first-year student in the clinical/counseling psychology master’s program at William Paterson University. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from University of Louisiana Monroe in 2021. Arohan currently works as a Graduate Assistant at the WPUNJ Office of Student Transitions and assists the office with social media management, student consultations, event-planning, and administrative support. His research interests contain cultural differences in experience of trauma, resilience, and existential issues. Arohan is currently looking forward to applying for Clinical Psychology PhD programs after graduating from the clinical/counseling program at WPU.