Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D.

Josephine V. Serrata, Ph.D. is a clinical & community psychologist. She is currently co-owner and licensed psychologist at Prickly Pear Therapy and Training where she shares her expertise in trauma-informed and culturally relevant approaches to healing and organization development.

Josie is also a national trainer on the intersections of domestic violence and other factors (e.g., impact of natural disasters and intimate partner homicide) in underserved communities. She serves as a research evaluation consultant and former director of research and evaluation at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities, a national domestic violence organization. Her research and evaluation work are embedded in participatory research and action-oriented evaluation.

Josie’s research includes studying the intersections of domestic violence with issues of oppression, privilege and strength in Latin@ families and communities. Recent research studies include understanding the impact of Hurricane Harvey on survivors of domestic violence and the organizations that serve them, understanding the needs of underserved communities in Texas, and the impact of culturally specific and trauma-informed approaches on Latin@ survivors. Following in the footsteps of her mentor, Dr. Julia Perilla, Josie is particularly skilled in utilizing research as a tool for social change and partnering with practitioners to understand their work better.

Josie lives in Austin, Texas with her lifetime partner, Robert, and two young sons, Lukito and Santiago. She enjoys traveling and being in nature with her family and recently bought a RV trailer so her family can travel in a safe and socially distanced way.