Track: Clinical Track
Expected Graduation: 2012
Advisor: Dr. Ryan Kilmer and Dr. Jim Cook
Research Group: Dr. Ryan Kilmer and Dr. Jim Cook
Harm Reduction and drug use, disparities in drug use related health outcomes.
Clinical Interests: Mindfulness, interpersonal approaches to therapy, group therapy.
Research Projects: Beginning work on my comps looking at micro-aggressions experienced by people with HIV/AIDS and relationships with health outcomes and quality of life.
Current Internship/Assistantship: The University Counseling Center
Current Practicum Placement: LD/ADHD assessments with Dr. Demakis
Career Goals: Anywhere I can combine practice, teaching, and research sounds great to me!
I'm from Denver, CO and am absolutely in love with that city, although Charlotte has grown on me. Ienjoy good food, good wine, good books, and sleep. I sporadically practice yoga and enjoy walking the Elizabeth area with my dog and spending time with my patient boyfriend.
524 Hawthorne Lane, # 8
Ph.D University of North Carolina at Charlotte
August, 2008-present Clinical Health Psychology
B.S. Cum Laude Colorado State University
May, 2006 Major: Psychology, Minor: English
Professional and Clinical Experience
ADHD/LD Assessments, UNC Charlotte Evaluator (August, 2010 – Current)
Charlotte, NC Responsibilities include administering, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of cognitive tests and batteries as well as write up of reports.
Counseling Center, UNC Charlotte Therapist (August, 2009 – Current)
Charlotte, NC Activities include intakes, individual therapy, process observation of interpersonal group sessions, and co-leadership of a structured group addressing healthy relationships.
Project Safe, UCHSC Case Manager (December 2006-July 2008)
Denver, CO Responsibilities include conducting strength-based
case management with minority women who use crack cocaine, running group sessions, completed interviews, as well as providing information and referrals.
DREAM Foundation Respite Care Provider (July 2006-October 2006)
Fort Collins, CO Responsibilities included temporary care for children with serious emotional, brain, or behavioral disturbances.
Suicide Resource Center Speaker and Advocate (January 2005-Nov. 2006)
Loveland, CO Responsibilities included presenting to high schools and junior highs on suicide, depression, and bipolar disorder.
Colorado State University Instructor (January 2006-May 2006)
Psychology Department Responsibilities included leading class discussions
Fort Collins, CO on contemporary issues relevant to psychology, evaluation of papers and work completed, as well as instruction.
Examination Stress and Principal Investigator (August, 2009-current)
Drinking in a College Second Year Research Project
Alcohol Expectancies and Co-Investigator (November, 2009-current)
Drunk Driving Behavior Primary Investigator: Art Blume, Ph.D.
Evaluation of Systems of Care Research Assistant (January, 2009-current)
Primary Investigators: Jim Cook, Ph.D. and Ryan
Motivational Interviewing with Research Assistant/Interviewer (March, 2009-College Drinkers July, 2009) Primary Investigators: Donna Kazemi,
Ph.D., RN and Art Blume, Ph.D..
Review of Mental Health Research Assistant (May 2006-July
Referrals 2006) Primary Investigator: Lee Rosen, Ph.D.
Effects of Expectations on Study Supervisor (September 2005-May
Fairness Perceptions 2006) Primary Investigator: Zinta Byrne, Ph.D.
Stimulus and Response Research Assistant (January 2005-May
Chunking in the Hebb Digits 2005) Primary Investigator: Ben Clegg, Ph.D.
Applied Personality Assessment Research Assistant (January 2005-May
2006) Primary Investigator: Eric Heggestad, Ph.D.
Performance Feedback and Research Assistant (September 2004-Expectations December 2004) Primary Investigator: Zinta Byrne, Ph.D.
Blume, A. W., & Lovato, L. V. (2009). Empowering the disempowered: Harm reduction with racial/ethnic minority clients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66(2), 189-200.
Lovato, L. (2002). Stem cell research. Talking Back: Student Writers Speak Out, 2(1).
Conferences and Presentations
Blume, A. W. & Lovato, L. V. (2010, June). Racial and ethnic microaggressions, anxiety and alcohol use among college students. Poster to be presented at the First Annual APA Division 45 Conference in Ann Arbor, MI.
Lovato, L. V. & Strompolis, M. (2010, March). Alcohol expectancies and drunk driving behavior among Mexican-American college students. Paper presented at the Graduate Student Research Fair at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Lovato, L. V. & Strater, K. P. (2010, March). Examining Social Connectedness in a System of Care. Poster presented at the Annual Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference in Tampa, FL.
Strater, K. P., & Lovato, L.V. (2009, October). Social Connectedness in a System of Care and College Sample. Paper presented at the Southeast ECO Conference in Columbia, SC at the University of South Carolina.
Honors and Awards
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Summer Fellowship (2010)
Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Inaugural Recipient (2008-2009)
Distinguished Scholar, Colorado State University (2002-2006)
Psychology Department Scholarship Award, Colorado State University (2005-2006)
Hughes Undergraduate Research Scholar (2002-2003)
Psi Chi President, Colorado State University
American Psychological Association, student member
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, student member
Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas
The Health Psychology Program is located on the 4th floor of Colvard
Virginia Gil-Rivas, Ph.D
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223-0001