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Lopez-Carrillo left the culinary arts after discovering a new passion — conducting research relating to psychiatry and mental health.

She loved the course, taught by Professor Andrés Ríos Molina, so much that she scrapped her original plan to study cultural history through food in favor of delving into the history of psychiatry, mental health and mental institutions.

“Nancy is my dissertation advisor and the person who has made me aware that although we study historical processes, historians of medicine and mental health are dealing with issues that still affect people’s lives.

“Brooke Larson has been an important mentor who helps me think about Latino mental health from a public policy perspective.

“When I was in Mexico, I had a negative perception of mental health disciplines as tools to police individual behavior and normalize society,” Lopez-Carrillo said.

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