Natasha Najar graduated from DePaul University in 2006, with a B.A. in psychology. At DePaul, she worked under Dr. Kathryn Grant examining psychosocial stressors affecting Latino adolescents. Following graduation, she worked with Dr. Leonard Jason at DePaul University’s Center for Community Research on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study on the epidemiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Natasha began her graduate career in the clinical psychology department at Marquette in 2009, and is currently in her first year in the doctoral program. Natasha’s current research interests focuses on the roles of psychosocial and socio-cultural factors on mental health outcomes of Latinos and other ethnic minority groups. She is especially interested in how these factors influence the onset of depression in adolescents and adults. Additional research interest include the relationship between acculturation and coping strategies among ethnic minority groups; and the role of folk healing and religion in psychotherapy. When not in school, she enjoys shopping, reading, learning to play the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.
Jason, L.A., Najar, N.S., Porter, N., & Reh, C. (2009) Evaluating the Centers for Disease Control’s Empirical Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Case Definition. Journal of Disability Policy Studies.