The UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute utilizes a multi-pronged approach to ensure Latinos and other communities of color have a seat at the decision-making table and fair opportunities to thrive.
UCLA LPPI is committed to working with leading experts, advocates and elected officials to address today’s most pressing issues. We are committed to championing evidence-based policy solutions that expand genuine opportunity for all Americans by shining a spotlight on how Latinos are and are not included in policy-making.
The UCLA Voting Rights Project is the flagship project of the UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute aimed at creating an accessible and equitable system of voting for all Americans through impact litigation, research, and clinical education to expand access to the ballot box.
Social Justice in Criminal Neuropsychology Program
Diomaris E. Safi a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychological and forensic evaluations. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Dr. Safi has extensive experience administering neuropsychological tests, diagnosing and treating various psychological conditions, and providing training opportunities to emerging clinicians.
Dr. Safi maintains a private practice where she works with civil and criminal attorneys on state and federal cases in the US and Mexico, offering full batteries of neuropsychological assessments, client histories and case conceptualizations, family/witness interviews, and expert forensic testimony. Her areas of forensic expertise include death penalty litigation, mitigation, competency to stand trial, brain injury, and trauma-related disorders.
Previously, Dr. Safi was the training director of a consortium of postdoctoral programs for the largest HMO in the country. Currently, Dr. Safi serves as director of the UCLA Social Justice in Criminal Neuropsychology Program, where she teaches and supervises neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows working within the criminal justice system. She is an attending clinician in the UCLA Cultural Neuropsychology Program and a volunteer clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine.
In addition, Dr. Safi is an APA-approved CEU provider, teaching professionals how to conduct Competency to Stand Trial evaluations for non-English-speaking individuals. Dr. Safi has authored or coauthored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presented over 70 peer-reviewed professional presentations. Her research interests include developmental disabilities, the impact of cognitive deficits in criminal behavior, and how risk factors relate to the variability of life outcomes in immigrants.
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