Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Latrice Peoples, PsyD


Major: Psychology 
Minor(s): Sociology & Urban Studies
Year of graduation: May 2008
Years of CURL fellowship: 2006-2008
Email: lpeoplespsyd@gmail.com
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/latrice-peoples-psy-d-a37ba510/
What have you been up to since you graduated from Loyola?
After graduating from Loyola, I decided to pursue a doctorate in psychology as I had a strong passion for working towards reducing the stigma associated with mental health. I attended Adler University and graduated in 2015. Throughout my clinical training I provided mental health services to underserved populations in academic, prison, and community mental health settings. During my final year at Adler, I was afforded the opportunity to go to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic as a consultant to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to assess the mental health needs of Haitian refugees living in the Dominican Republic and presented the findings to UNHCR officials and staff at Heartland Alliance International. Upon completion of my doctorate, I worked in the Psychological Testing Department at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health which consisted of conducting psychological evaluations in an inpatient and outpatient setting in addition to providing training to second year doctoral students for 4 years.
What impact did CURL have on your career/life trajectory?
CURL has been instrumental in developing my passion and commitment to social justice which prompted me to apply and attend a graduate school that focus on social justice in addition to training students to be community clinical psychologists. CURL enhanced my knowledge and the need to collaborate with community partners to promote equity and opportunity throughout the Chicago area and beyond. I have always wanted to work with community organizations and being a CURL Undergraduate Fellow afforded me the opportunity to learn the novel ways to foster and develop those relationships. While I do not work directly with community organizations in my career, I continue to use the skills I learned to foster relationships with organizations provide services to underserved populations.
What is a favorite memory/project that you worked on while at CURL?
While at CURL, I worked on the Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT) Girl Leadership U Program which involved teaching activism skills and empowering young women in the community. We assisted with the development of the program by creating tools and measures with coordinators from YWAT to assess the usefulness of the curriculum. I enjoyed working with the young women on this project and learned from them as much as they learned from me. While working with the young women, I felt so empowered and proud because they were not only activists, but they also saw a need to share their knowledge with others. Their work made me feel confident about the direction of women’s rights. After graduating Loyola, I came back to CURL to attend YWAT’s event that addressed sexual harassment on the streets and public transportation. I was so blown away that I shared my own experience.
This interview was a part of the Summer 2019 CURL Newsletter.