Sofia Herrera, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist who is involved in several activities in the field of community psychology. She is a research faculty member at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and is also the Associate Director of the seminary’s Office for Urban Initiatives. She is also the founder of the Institute for Community Psychology which is one of several community-based and faith-based institutes that partner under the non-profit, non-partisan Institute for Urban Initiatives. She is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and an Associate of the Mount Calvary Benedictine Retreat House and Monastery. She is also a passionate follower of the teachings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and Teresa of Avila.

She best describes herself as a “Contemplative Community Psychologist.” She lives in Pasadena with her husband Joe Colletti, PhD and often has families and friends to their home for sacred meals that include readings and prayers while everyone enjoys delicious Latin American, Italian/Sicilian, or other cultural foods. Together, they have established the Institute for the Urban Monk which helps individuals integrate spiritual practices with the daily experiences of urban life. She often travels to Central America were she was born to visit family and friends as well as conduct research that is centered on trauma prevention. Other research conducted in the United States focuses on positive youth development, homelessness, and women farm workers.