Multilingual Mental Health Resources

Lifespan LAtino Mental Health

Contact Lifespan Latino Mental Health

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 401‑606‑3711.

A program of Lifespan’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services, Lifespan Latino Mental Health addresses the specific needs of our Latino (Hispanic and Brazilian) patients. Our clinicians and staff are familiar with, and part of, the cultures of our patients and understand their values and customs. Services are provided in Spanish, Portuguese and English.

Cultural factors influence perceptions and behaviors, including in medicine and psychiatry. We believe that treatment is most effective when clinicians are sensitive to the culture and unique needs of each patient.

Latino Mental Health Services

We provide services in a comfortable, warm and welcoming environment. Our offices are easily accessible from the highway, with ample parking. Each staff member is fluent in at least two languages and there is always someone available to answer questions and provide assistance.

More about our services

Our Team of Multilingual Mental Health Professionals

Our mental health clinicians are licensed health care providers who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. They have expertise in providing individual, family, and group therapy. Our psychiatrist is a physician who also prescribes medication, if needed.

Director, Portuguese Mental Health program and Latino Mental Health program

Leonardo Batista, MD, DDS is a psychiatrist and practicing physician with the Lifespan Outpatient Psychiatry. Dr. Batista is also the Director of the Portuguese and Latino Mental Health programs. He is a graduate of the Brown Medical School Psychiatry Residency program. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Kalina Brabeck, PhD is a psychologist who specializes in discrimination, immigration and trauma at Lifespan Physician Group and Rhode Island Hospital. She speaks English and Spanish and works as part of the Latino Mental Health Program team, where she provides psychotherapy to Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Brabeck is an associate professor of mental health counseling at Rhode Island College.

Dr. Brabeck’s research focuses on the effects that poverty, discrimination and legal status have on Latino immigrant families. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, books and encyclopedias. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.