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Office: Doheny Campus, Amat House, Room 215

Paula Helu-Brown - PhD, LMFT

Assistant Professor, Every One Initiative Clinical Coordinator, Counseling Psychology, Graduate Psychology

PhD, School of Social Work, University of Southern California

MS, Counseling, San Diego State University

BA, Psychology, CETYS Universidad


I am also the Clinical Coordinator of the every one initiative, bringing mental health crisis services to the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals every year.

I was born and raised in México and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from CETYS Universidad in Tijuana. I graduated from SDSU with a Master of Science in Counseling: Marriage and Family therapy and a PhD in Social Work with a Gender Studies Certificate from USC.

I developed and coordinate a mental health program for Latinx immigrants at the Consulate of México in Los Angeles.

I love music and going to concerts and used to have a blog about women in the music industry.  

I have been at the Mount since Fall 2017, but officially as a full-time tenure track faculty since August 2018. I love the opportunity to work with Latinx folks in our ¡Enlaces! Program who are working hard and are passionate about giving back to their communities. I also appreciate the strong social justice emphasis from the CSJ tradition and the camaraderie and collaborative environment.

Topics of Interest

Latinx mental health, gender and sexuality, community mental health, serious mental illness, relationship and gender-based harm.


These are some examples of courses I have taught at MSMU: Psychopathology, Gender and Sexuality in Spanish Speaking Communities, Research Methods, Community Mental Health, Intro to Counseling, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Published Works

These are some of my published works and articles about my work if you would like to learn more!

Helu-Brown, P., & Barrio, C. (2019). Latinx mental health in the Mexican Consulate: Addressing barriers through social good. Research on Social Work Practice, 1049731519839465.

Helu-Brown, P., & Aranda, M. (2016). Psychosocial Approaches for Sexual Health and Intimate Relationships Among Patients With Serious Mental Illness. Sexual medicine reviews4(1), 26-35.

Barrio, C., Fuentes, D., Hernandez, M., Helu-Brown, P., & Palmer, B. W. (2016). Bored in Board-and-Care and Other Settings: Perspectives of Latinos With Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Services67(8), 932-932