Texas Tech University

Latinx Mental Health and Resiliency Lab Developing Innovative Programs for Latinx Youth, Emerging Adults

By: Anna Hedges 

Latinx students

Brandy Piña-Watson came to Texas Tech University in 2014 intent on building a community bound by research and a common ethnic background. As an assistant professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, she started the Latinx Mental Health and Resiliency Lab with one student. Now, five years later, her lab has grown from a bare room upstairs in the psychology building to a full, running lab with more than 20 team members.

When she completed her doctorate at Texas A&M University, Piña-Watson was attracted to Texas Tech but wasn't certain if she'd be able to conduct her research here. She feared that, to accomplish her goals, she'd have to travel all over the state. But when she arrived in Lubbock, she immediately began to feel confident that Texas Tech was the right place for her.