Maria Elena Villasante

maria villasante

Maria Elena Villasante

Graduate Assistant

M.S., EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, UNIFE - UNIVERSIDAD FEMENINA DEL SAGRADO CORAZÓN
M.S., CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, FEDERICO VILLARREAL UNIVERSITY
B.S., SOCIAL WORK, UNION COLLEGE

Maria Elena Villasante joined the department in the fall of 2021 as a Graduate Assistant working with Drs. Taeyeon Kim and Sarah Zuckerman. Maria Elena is a student in the Ph.D. in Educational Studies program with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Higher Education. Maria Elena's work involves a variety of research, teaching, and/or administrative tasks for the department. Maria Elena has worked professionally as Educational Psychologist, with high school and college students; and was an adjunct instructor at the Universidad Peruana Union (Peruvian Union University). In Nebraska, she has worked with urban and rural communities as a Partnership Specialist for the U. S, Census Bureau, and Family-School Consultant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; she has worked extensively in promoting CLAS, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards in mental health services, advocating for vulnerable, and minority communities as a behavioral health practitioner for Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, and a behavioral health consultant for various government and non-profit organizations. In her free time, Maria Elena enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

Professional Highlights

Experience
2021-Present, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2019-2020, Partnership Specialist-Healthcare Lane, U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2019, Family-School Consultant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-Present, Behavioral Health Consultant 2004-2014, Bilingual-Bicultural Service Coordinator – Therapist II, Lutheran Family Services of NE.1998-2001, Program Director, ADRA Peru1998-2000, Adjunct Instructor, Peruvian Union University
Memberships
Las Voces NebraskaPeruvian Psychological AssociationSpanish Speaking Therapist Advocacy Group Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery - Advanced Level FacilitatorNational Council for Mental Wellbeing – Mental Health First Aid Instructor