Alyssa Ramírez Stege

Director of Esperanza Certificate

(608) 515-3732

335 Education Building

1000 Bascom Mall

Madison, WI 53706

Ramirez Stege, Alyssa

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Alyssa M. Ramírez Stege, Ph.D. (she/her/ella), is a queer Latina, U.S.-born and Mexican-raised Clinical Assistant Professor in Counseling Psychology. She grew up in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico where she received her bachelor’s degree (Licenciatura) in Psychology from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla. She received her master’s and doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and completed her doctoral internship at Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics in Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon. Previous to moving back to UW-Madison, Dr. Ramírez Stege was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social, Behavioral and Human Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Her research is focused on developing and incorporating culturally-grounded psychotherapeutic interventions and clinical supervision practices. Her clinical interests focus on trauma-informed care for underserved and marginalized populations, particularly Spanish-speaking Latinxs. She studies cultural conceptions of mental health and illness and is interested in understanding indigenous healing practices. She infuses her clinical and research knowledge to invite students to critically consider the multi-layered experience of mental health and wellbeing within a decolonization framework that seeks to acknowledge and dismantle the legacies of colonization and White supremacy in psychological theory and practice.

Dr. Ramírez Stege enjoys being active, dancing (including Mexican folkloric dance!) watching movies, spending time with family, eating, and cooking anything that reminds her of home. She loves exploring new places with her partner Whit and caring for their furry babies.

Dr. Ramírez Stege’s mentorship style is rooted in critical and feminist approaches to education as a practice of freedom (hooks, 1994) to help trainees “deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world” (Freire, 1970). Dr. Ramírez Stege is actively recruiting master’s and doctoral graduate students interested in Latine-centered, culturally-affirming, and Spanish-speaking training experiences through the Esperanza Bilingual Psychological Services certificate:


  • PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2019
  • MS Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
  • BS Psychology, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, 2011

Select Publications

  • Ramírez Stege, A., Cabrera, I. E., Dueñas, M., & Quintana, S. M. (2022). Aprender Haciendo: Undergraduate Curriculum Development for a Latinx Mental Health Service-Learning Course. Teaching of Psychology, 49(3), 269–275. DOI.
  • Frost, N., Graham, S., Ramirez Stege, A., Pankey, T. L., Jones, T., & Martinez, E. M. (2020). Bridging the gap: Addressing the mental health needs of underrepresented collegiate students at psychology training clinics. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 14(2), 138-144. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Ramirez Stege, A., Martínez, E. M., & Valdez, C. R. Redressing the effects of immigration policy on Latinx families. APA Children, Youth & Families News
  • Ramirez Stege, A., Chin, M. Y., & Graham, S. (2019). A critical post-colonial and resilience-based framework of supervision in action. Training and Education in Professional Psychology Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Valdez, C. R., Ramirez Stege, A., Martínez, E., D'Costa, S., & Chavez, T. (2017). A community-responsive adaptation to reach and engage Latino families affected by maternal depression. Family Process, 57(2), 539-556. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Ramirez Stege, A., Brockberg, D., & Hoyt, W. T. (2017). Advocating for advocacy: An exploratory survey on student advocacy skills and training in Counseling Psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11(3), 190-197. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Ramirez Stege, A., & Yarris, K. E. (2017). Culture in La Clínica: Evaluating the utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) in a Mexican outpatient setting. Transcultural Psychiatry, 54(4), 466-487. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Quintana, S. M., Lambe Sarinana, S., & Ramirez Stege, A. (2016). I too am Black: Bi/multiracial Black youth speak about their racialized experiences. In Sullivan J. M., & Cross Jr., W. E. (Eds.), Meaning-making, internalized racism, and African American identity (pp. 95-109). Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.
  • Thompson, M. N., Nitzarim, R. N., Cole, O. D., Frost, N., Ramirez Stege, A., & Vue, P. T. (2015). Clinical experiences with clients who are low-income: Mental health practitioners’ perspectives. Qualitative Health Research, 25(12), 1675-1688. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Cabrera, I., & Ramirez Stege, A. (2015). Tomando pasos: Consejos for Chican@ and Latin@ undergraduates considering graduate school. Concientización, 10(1&2), 30-38. Online Publication/Abstract.

Select Presentations

  • Ramírez Stege, A. (2022, October). Del dicho al hecho: Esperanza mental health and wellness programming during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin. Symposium presented at the 20th National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Ramírez Stege, A., & Cruz, E. (2022, September - 2022, September). HEART at Esperanza: Healing ethno-racial trauma from the inside out. Oral Presentation presented at the Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists Communities of Practice, Madison, WI. Link
  • Cervantes, J., Robledo, D., Rivera, N., Hinojosa, G., & Ramírez Stege, A. (2021, August). The Experiences and Training Needs of Multilingual Psychotherapists in New-Growth Latinx Communities. Poster presented at the An Update, Online.
  • Ramírez Stege, A., Gaus, G., & Cruz, E. (2020, October). Linguistically and culturally responsive training to increase mental health and well-being of Latinx communities. Symposium presented at the In S. Quintana (Chair) Centro Hispano-School of Education Partnership, Madison, WI.
  • Ramirez Stege, A. (2020, March). Mujeres abnegadas: The causal myth of mental illness in self-sacrificing women in Mexico. Oral Presentation presented at the University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA.
  • Ramirez Stege, A. (2020, February). Cultura y tradición: A Latinx focus on decolonizing clinical training and practice. Oral Presentation presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
  • Ramirez Stege, A. (2018, September). No puedo vivir otra vez sin el medicamento: Curability and medication compliance in psychiatric care in Mexico. Symposium presented at the Culture and adversity: Enhancing inclusivity in psychiatric care in Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Ramirez Stege, A. (2017, April). ¿Qué lo causó? Patient and caregiver perspectives on the cause of mental illness in Mexico. Oral Presentation presented at the Yale Bouchet Conference, New Haven, CT.

Select Awards and Honors

  • Scholarship Development Award, University of Washington Tacoma Office of Community Partnerships Faculty Fellows, 2020
  • Inductee, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (BGHS), 2018
  • 2017 R. Wray Strowig Memorial Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Counseling Psychology, 2017
  • Graduate Student Summer Fieldwork Award, Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS), 2016
  • Charles Hughes Fellowship Award, Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (SSPC), 2014