Isis Garcia-Rodriguez
 COVES Fellow Profile

Isis Garcia-Rodriguez

  • Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Office of Recovery Services, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

“As a COVES Policy Fellow, I was given the opportunity to apply the knowledge I have learned so far in my academic career in new and exciting ways in the policy sphere.”

Summer Responsibilities: Isis provided a framework for a state-wide, regional needs assessment for recovery services and helped launch an initiative to provide support groups for the recovery providers facing burnout as a result of the pandemic.

Background: Isis’ research interests are in the areas of legal status, parent-child relationships, systemic factors (e.g., public policy), immigration, immigration trauma, and overall adolescent health in Latinx mixed-status families. Isis has presented research at multiple national research organizations including NLPA, SRA, SRCD, AAHHE, and APA. She is currently the president of the Latinx Graduate Student Association at VCU where she aims to engage Latinx graduate students to community organizations.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S., Psychology, Suffolk University