- Ph.D., Psychology, University of Hawaii
Ciofalo is Core Professor of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, Indigenous Psychologies, and Ecopsychology specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born in Mexico, she gained her B.A. and first M.A. in Clinical and Social Psychology in Germany where she specialized in psychoanalytic theories. Her M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning and Ph.D. in Community Psychology at the University of Hawaii immersed her in the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement and healing practices. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Hawaii, Northern, Central, and Southern Mexico for more than 40 years. She teaches Indigenous psychologies centering Indigenous, cosmologies, epistemologies, axiologies and healing praxes in academic curricula applying participatory action research in partnership with communities. She has published in the areas of participatory youth action research, program evaluation, decolonial, depth community psychology, and Indigenous knowledge systems.