Mark S. Barajas

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Licensed Psychologist, PSY# 30042
http://barajaspsychologicalservices.com

Department: 
School of Science » Psychology
SMC Email Address: 
Contact Information: 

School of Science
Department of Psychology
1928 St. Mary's Road
PMB 5082
Moraga, CA 94575
925.631.8009

Education

  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Western Michgan University, Kalamazoo, MI
    Dissertation: Pedagogical Approaches to Multcultural Education within Teacher Preparation Programs
     

  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Western Michgan University, Kalamazoo, MI
     

  • California Clear Teaching Credential: Biological Sciences, Psychology, General Science
    California State University, Sacramento, CA 
     

  • B.S., Psychobiology, University of California, Davis

Professional Experience

Clinical

  • Private Practice Psychologist
    http://barajaspsychologicalservices.com
    Berkeley, CA
     
  • Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow 
    Counseling and Psychological Services
    University of California, Berkeley
     
  • Doctoral Psychology Intern
    Counseling and Psychological Services
    University of California, Berkeley
     
  • Staff Therapist
    Apple & Associates
    Kalamazoo, Michigan
     
  • Staff Therapist
    Kalamazoo College Counseling Center
    Kalamazoo, Michigan

     
  • Group Therapist
    Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
    Western Michigan University 
     
  • Therapist
    Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
    Western Michigan University (Grand Rapids)

Teaching

  • Guest Lecturer – Research Methods
    The Wright Institute, Berkeley CA
  • Instructor
    UC Berkeley International Institute on Student Counseling and Mental Health
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Ocean University, Nanjing Southeast University
    Shanghai & Nanjing, People's Republic of China
     
  • Psychology Instructor
    Kalamazoo Valley Community College
     
  • Teaching Assistant
    Western Michigan University
    Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies
  • COSMOS Teacher Fellow
    University of California, Davis
    California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science
     
  • Teacher / Lead Science Teacher
    Sacramento High School
    School of Math, Engineering, & Health Sciences

Courses Taught

  • Psychopathology
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Psychology of the Family
  • Introduction to Personal-Social Psychology
  • Early Childhood Social-Emotional and Literacy Development
  • Collegiate Seminar -- Critical Strategies and Great Questions

Service

  • Institutional Review Board
  • Bookstore Committee
  • Lasallian Research Symposium 

Presentations

Boykins, B. & Barajas, M.S. (2018, August). The influence of feedback on counselor trainees’ implicit racial bias. Poster presented at American Psychological Association 126th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

*Neuweiler, A., Hamzy, M., Krause, C., Choate, E., & Barajas, M.S. (2018, August). Catholic higher education values as understood by traditionally underrepresented students. Poster presented at Amereican Psychological Associaiton 126th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Barajas, M.S. (2018, April). Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers. Poster presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY. 

Barajas, M.S. (2017, April). Increasing Cultural Competency of Pre-Service Teachers. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.

*Dao, A., Williams, B., Gonzalez, N., Bhattacharjee, K., Venegas, L, & Barajas, M.S. (2017, April). Vietnamese immigrant and refugee mental health: Stories of trauma and resilience. Poster presented at the 97th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Sacramento, CA.

Barajas, M.S. (2016, August). Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers: An Empirical Study of Multicultural Education Strategies.  In M.Z. Anderson (Chair), School-Based Interventions – Mental Health and Cultural Competency in Urban Schools. Symposium conducted at American Psychological Association 124th Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Barajas, M., Anderson, A., Puri-Bose, R., & Goodman, M. (2015, August). Is an updated model needed? Exploring university counseling centers’ responses to increased student demand.  Poster presented at American Psychological Association 123rd Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Kelaher-Young, A., Barajas, M., & Jones, J. (2015, April). The role of service-learning in teacher preparation. Roundtable facilitated at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Barajas, M.S. (2014, September). Pedagogical approaches to multicultural education within teacher preparation programs. Poster presented at American Psychological Association 122nd Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.

Jones, J., Barajas, M., & Kelaher-Young, A. (2014, September). Promoting multicultural competencies through academic service learning in teacher education. Paper presented at European Conference on Educational Research, Porto, Portugal.

Barajas, M. (2013, April). The intersection of affect, cognition, and behavior: Exploring a psychotherapeutic theory of positive affect as therapeutic change agent. Paper presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Boykins, B., Barajas, M., & Doane, B. (2013, April) Counseling traditional college-aged men in university counseling centers: Statistics, presenting problems, and suggestions for engagement. Roundtable facilitated at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Barajas, M., Jobe, J., & Abdul-Rohman, H. (2012, November). Intersections of identity: Multiracial and multicultural conversations. Workshop facilitated at Great Lakes College Association Students of Color Leadership Conference, Kalamazoo, MI.

Barajas, M., & Jobe, J. (2012, April). The changing understanding of racial categorization. Roundtable facilitated at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, West Lafayette, IN.

Barajas, M., & Stewart, B. (2012, April). Cross-cultural replication and validation of a school- based resiliency measure. Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, West Lafayette, IN.

Barajas, M., & Weatherhead, G. (2011, April). A sojourner’s return: Theories of cultural reintegration, first-hand narratives of psychological challenges faced by returning humanitarian workers, and implications for mental health workers. Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Boykins, B., Begay, D., & Barajas, M. (2011, April). What did I take away from my multicultural class?  Exploring reactions and growth areas of multicultural coursework from students’ and teachers’ perspectives.  Roundtable facilitated at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Littleton, B., Boykins, B., Kelly, S., & Barajas, M. (2011, April). Unique challenges faced by graduate teaching assistants who are underrepresented racial minorities. Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Mosley, A., & Barajas, M. (2011, April). Resiliency among lesbian and gay individuals: A critical review, directions for future research, and implications for mental health professionals. Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Bloomington, IN.

Bischoff, G., Warnaar, B., Barajas, M., & Dhaliwal, N. (2010, October). Clinical work with transgender clients & families. Poster presented at North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Chicago, IL.

Barajas, M., & Boykins, B. (2010, March).  Educational attainment of children from single- parent homes.  Poster presented at Great Lakes Regional Counseling Psychology Conference, Akron, OH.

Bischoff, G., Warnaar, B., Dhaliwal, N., & Barajas, M. (2010, March). The experiences of wives who stay with transsexual husbands/partners: A thematic analysis of cases from Virginia Erhardt’s book, Head over Heels. Poster presented at Michigan Family Therapy Conference, East Lansing, MI.

* Faculty Mentor

 

Publications

Barajas, M.S., & Schechinger, H. (2018). Children and youth: Resilience after motor vehicle accidents. International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health, (11)2.

Barajas, M.S., & Davis III, C.D. (2018). F32 Major depressive disorder, single episode. In E. Rodolfa, & J. Schaffer (Eds.), An ICD-10-CM casebook and workbook for students: Psychological and behavioral conditions. Washington DC: American Psychological Association. Accessible from: http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4311032.aspx

Barajas, M.S. & Schechinger, H. (2017). Resilience in youth after motor vehicle accidents. In D.E. Greydanus, R.W. Apple, K. White, & J. Merrick (Eds.), Children and Youth: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Motor Vehicle Crashes. Hauppauge, N.Y: Nova Science Publishers. Accessible from https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=6134...

Barajas, M.S. (2015). Pedagogical approaches to multicultural education within teacher preparation programs. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/dissertations/733/

Barajas, M.S. (2014). Thinking and feeling: The influence of positive emotion on human cognition.  The Hilltop Review, (7)1, 3-11. Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/vol7/iss1/3

Barajas, M.S. (2011).  Academic achievement of children in single-parent homes: A critical review. The Hilltop Review, 4(2), 13-21.  Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/vol5/iss1/4/

Bischof, G.H., Warnaar, B.L., Barajas, M.S., & Dhaliwal, H.K. (2011). Thematic analysis of the experiences of wives who stay with husbands who transition male-to-female. Michigan Family Review, 15, 16-33.  Retrieved from http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/p/pod/dod-idx?c=mfr;idno=4919087.0015.102

Active Research Projects

  • Lasallian Values as Understood by Traditionally Underrepresented Students
  • Trends in Grant-Funded Counseling Psychology Research

Honors, Awards & Grants

Grants: 
  • Faculty Development Grant (2017, 2018)
  • School of Science Summer Research (2017, 2018)

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 
  • Race and racism
  • Implicit bias
  • Teacher preparation
  • Strengths of single-parents
  • College student mental health and wellness
Pedagogical Interests: 
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Student-centered teaching
  • Facilitating difficult dialouges
Personal Interests: 
  • Family
  • Music
  • Backpacking
  • Travel
  • Cooking
  • Sports