PASEO is made up of a small but dedicated team of teachers and administrative staff. Learn more about our great staff members below...

Dr. Brie Kohrt - Director, Instructor and Supervisor Dr. Brieanne (Brie) Kohrt is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver in the Masters Program in International Disaster Psychology. Brie earned her PhD in 2013 from The Catholic University of America. She completed her internship at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. Brie's interests revolve around global mental health, efficacious methods for delivering mental health services in low-resource settings, culturally adapted and trauma-informed interventions and the identification and treatment of perinatal depression. She is passionate about increasing the quality of training for mental health professionals who will provide services in Spanish. She has worked with Latinx communities across the United States, and has worked internationally in Guatemala and Peru.

Dr. Brie Kohrt - Director, Instructor and Supervisor

Dr. Brieanne (Brie) Kohrt is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver in the Masters Program in International Disaster Psychology. Brie earned her PhD in 2013 from The Catholic University of America. She completed her internship at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. Brie's interests revolve around global mental health, efficacious methods for delivering mental health services in low-resource settings, culturally adapted and trauma-informed interventions and the identification and treatment of perinatal depression. She is passionate about increasing the quality of training for mental health professionals who will provide services in Spanish. She has worked with Latinx communities across the United States, and has worked internationally in Guatemala and Peru.

Dr. David Martinez - Instructor and Supervisor Dr. David A Martinez is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. Dr. Martinez completed his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Martinez's interests are on development and testing of community-based HIV prevention interventions among under-served populations, specifically Spanish-speaking Latinos. He also has interest and experience in substance use, coping, stigma, quality of life issues, and medication adherence among individuals with HIV and other chornic health conditions. He participated in the PASEO program in 2016 and began teaching and supervising with PASEO in 2017. He also assists with applicant interviews as well as program evaluation. 

Dr. David Martinez - Instructor and Supervisor

Dr. David A Martinez is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program. Dr. Martinez completed his PhD in Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Martinez's interests are on development and testing of community-based HIV prevention interventions among under-served populations, specifically Spanish-speaking Latinos. He also has interest and experience in substance use, coping, stigma, quality of life issues, and medication adherence among individuals with HIV and other chornic health conditions. He participated in the PASEO program in 2016 and began teaching and supervising with PASEO in 2017. He also assists with applicant interviews as well as program evaluation. 

Lourdes Cabel Salinas - Instructor, Site Supervisor Lourdes Salinas (Lou) is a licensed clinical psychologist from Trujillo, Peru who teaches the Psychology in Peru series for PASEO. In addition to providing clinical services in the region, Lourdes is also the director of an NGO called Sayariy-Resurgiendo, one of the partner projects where students can complete a practicum. Lourdes is an advocate for social justice and gender equality, and is an active member of organizations in Trujillo area dedicated to these causes.

Lourdes Cabel Salinas - Instructor, Site Supervisor

Lourdes Salinas (Lou) is a licensed clinical psychologist from Trujillo, Peru who teaches the Psychology in Peru series for PASEO. In addition to providing clinical services in the region, Lourdes is also the director of an NGO called Sayariy-Resurgiendo, one of the partner projects where students can complete a practicum. Lourdes is an advocate for social justice and gender equality, and is an active member of organizations in Trujillo area dedicated to these causes.

 
David Mercedes - Instructor David Mercedes teaches the Advanced Grammar series for PASEO. In addition, he is the director and founder of the NGO Espaanglisch. The goal of Espaanglisch is to provide students in the public elementary schools with high quality English classes, provide engaging and effective Spanish instruction for international volunteers, and promote cultural exchange through the process of learning between international volunteers and local children. David has been teaching Spanish and English since 2005. He speaks fluent English and Spanish, as well as some German, Italian, French, and Norwegian.

David Mercedes - Instructor

David Mercedes teaches the Advanced Grammar series for PASEO. In addition, he is the director and founder of the NGO Espaanglisch. The goal of Espaanglisch is to provide students in the public elementary schools with high quality English classes, provide engaging and effective Spanish instruction for international volunteers, and promote cultural exchange through the process of learning between international volunteers and local children. David has been teaching Spanish and English since 2005. He speaks fluent English and Spanish, as well as some German, Italian, French, and Norwegian.

Liam Kennedy - Consultant Liam Kennedy is a social scientist who holds a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds and an MA in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Prior to joining PASEO, Liam's background was in international development. He has worked in Uganda and, more recently Trujillo, Perú for two years in project evaluation for a community-based NGO. For PASEO, Liam designs and maintains the website, liaises with community partners and incoming students, assists with manuscript preparation and develops program evaluation tools.

Liam Kennedy - Consultant

Liam Kennedy is a social scientist who holds a BA in Geography from the University of Leeds and an MA in Poverty and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Prior to joining PASEO, Liam's background was in international development. He has worked in Uganda and, more recently Trujillo, Perú for two years in project evaluation for a community-based NGO. For PASEO, Liam designs and maintains the website, liaises with community partners and incoming students, assists with manuscript preparation and develops program evaluation tools.

Vainilla - PASEO Mascot Vainilla is the PASEO mascot and has been since the program's inception in 2015. His research mainly focuses on the intersection between fried chicken and friendly gringos. He also enjoys sleeping.

Vainilla - PASEO Mascot

Vainilla is the PASEO mascot and has been since the program's inception in 2015. His research mainly focuses on the intersection between fried chicken and friendly gringos. He also enjoys sleeping.