Jackie Paiz, BA


Ms. Paiz is our office assistant. She is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at IU and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish with honors from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

She currently handles overflow tasks from our office manager, accounts, reporting, our research project, and helps with procedures to increase efficiency for the front office. Ms. Paiz is fluent in Spanish and English and can help with interpretation when she is in the office. 

Ms. Paiz’s current areas of professional interest are immigrant and refugee mental health, attitudes toward seeking psychotherapy, and intergenerational trauma among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 

When she’s not working at the office, working on research projects with her lab members, teaching at IU, or completing schoolwork, Ms. Paiz likes to read, spend time outside, and play guitar. 


Lefevor, G. T., Tamez Guerrero, N. A., Paiz, J. Y, Sheffield, P. E., & Milburn, H.E. (in press) The congregational structure of homonegativity: Why place of worship may matter more than frequency of worship. Journal of Homosexuality.

Lefevor, G. T.  Paiz, J. Y. & Smack, A. C. P. (in press) The Complex Relationship Between Religiousness and Health among Sexual Minorities: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.

Lefevor, G.T., Paiz, J. Y., Milburn, H.E., Sheffield, P. E. & Tamez Guerrero, N.A, (2021) Religiousness and help seeking: Individual, congregational, and clergy factors. Counselling Psychology Quarterly.

Lefevor, G. T., Paiz, J. Y., Virk, H. E., & Smack, A. C. P. (2020). The influence of individual and congregational religiousness on seeking psychotherapy: A multilevel analysis. Practice Innovations

Lefevor, G. T., Paiz, J. Y., Stone, W., Huynh, K. D., Virk, H. E., Sorrell, S. A., & Gage, S. E. (2020). Homonegativity and the Black church: Is congregational variation the missing link? The Counseling Psychologist, 48(6), 826-851. 

Lefevor, G. T., Sorrell, S. A., Virk, H. E., Huynh, K. D., Paiz, J. Y., Stone, W. M., & Franklin, A. (2019). How do religious congregations affect the attitudes toward homosexuality of their congregants? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 

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