picture of jdp student, Natalia Escobar WalshNatalia Escobar Walsh,  a Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, was recently awarded the Doris Duke Fellowship. This fellowship aims to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.  Read more information about the fellowship here.

Ms. Walsh’s academic and professional career has focused on how to better address the needs of underserved populations, with a current emphasis toward investigating evidence-based psychosocial interventions for foster children and their families under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Price. She has served at-need communities as a bilingual middle school teacher through the Teach for America program and as a social service provider for both transitional age former foster youth and families involved with San Diego County Child Welfare Services. She now uses these experiences to inform her academic practice. Ms. Walsh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Welfare (Double Major) from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University, and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University.