Diana Peña graduated as a first-generation college student from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, which is where she was born and raised. She then received her M.S. in Counseling, Family and Human Services, as well as her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Her professional experiences have been shaped by her interests in immigrant and undocumented student mental health, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, resilience among queer and trans people of color, spirituality, grief/loss, career counseling, mindfulness, and cultural adjustment.
Her passion for serving underrepresented students is rooted in her own experience as a queer Chicana from an immigrant family, and integral to her approach as a mental health professional. She is thrilled to join the USP team in supporting the holistic well-being of undocumented students at UC Berkeley.
Fun Fact: Diana is a bilingual English/Spanish therapist, and is very comfortable with the use of ‘Spanglish’ in therapy.