Chantal Figueroa, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher


Chantal Figueroa earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota Twin in Comparative and International Development Education. Her dissertation entitled, “State of Terror, States of Mind: mental health care in Guatemala City” compares the experiences of women diagnosed with a mental illness with women living in environments of extreme violence in order to understand the constructions of mental health in post-conflict Guatemala City. Currently, she is supporting the qualitative research evaluation of partnership building efforts for health equity in LA County.


Selected Awards

  • 2010-2014: Compton International Fellow, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Social Change, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
  • 2013: Research Grant, Club Quetzal Amigos de Rigoberta Menchú Tum



Figueroa, C (2015) Violencia a flor de Piel – Mental Health as a Landscape of Violence, Landscapes of Violence: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 5

Johnstone, C. Figueroa, Y. Attali, C. Laitusis (2013) Results of a Cognitive Interview Study of Immediate Feedback and Revision Opportunities for Students with Disabilities in Large Scale Assessments. National Center on Educational Outcomes. US Office of Special Education Programs.