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Student Assistant

Diana Velasquez

Diana graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She is now a second year student at SDSU completing a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. Before her start with SPI, Diana was a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for children, teens, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder for a non-profit organization in San Diego. Diana has been working with the SPI team since August 2019 and supports the operational and administrative aspects of many of SPI’s projects.
MSW Advanced Field Placement Intern

Stephen R. Faille

Stephen earned a BA in Social Work at San Diego State University. He is in his final semester of the SDSU MSW program, with a concentration in Administration and Community Development, and simultaneously earned a graduate certificate for Social Work Administration. His first field placement as an MSW student was at UCSD Health Outpatient Psychiatry in the Addiction Treatment and Recovery Program. He provided individual and group therapy and case management services to the patients working in a harm reduction program was a valuable experience at UCSD. Stephen is currently Director of Data Management for a human services NPO in San Diego. As intern with the SPI, Stephen works directly with the Institute’s Director and provides support and leadership to various projects including BeHealth.
Student Volunteer

Jakob Schmall

Jakob is a fourth year undergraduate student at San Diego State University studying Biology with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience. Outside of the Social Policy Institute, Jakob works in the residence halls as a Resident Advisor and is a Student Research Assistant in Dr. Ksenija Marinkovic’s Spatio-Temporal Brain Imaging Lab. After graduating, Jakob will be attending a Masters in Public Health program and hopes to work in both the public health and medical fields. As a student volunteer with the SPI, Jakob works with the Institute’s Program Director and provides some support for the ACEs Aware initiative and contributes greatly using his research and writing skills.
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