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Spring 2023: Asian, African, and European Exploration

Diego Vega

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica

Diego Vega is a proud citizen of Costa Rica and will be happy to share his views about the political, economic, and cultural landscape of his own country.

He is a Psychology professor and was Head of the Psychology Department at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica between 2007 and 2018. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Universidad de Costa Rica, his M.Sc. in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and his Ph.D. in an Interdisciplinary Program from Colorado State University.

Diego was born in Costa Rica and Spanish is his first language. He has lived in three different countries (Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the U.S.) and has visited many. He and his wife, Tatiana, sailed twice on Semester at Sea during the fall 2016 and spring 2018 voyages, and he is very excited about sailing again on the Spring 2023 Voyage!!! He understands culture and ethnicity through experience.

As a practicing therapist for more than 20 years, he has worked with many Costa Rican and U.S. couples living in Costa Rica. His research interests include trust issues in romantic relationships, understanding culture and ethnicity, focusing primarily upon cultural differences between Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations, aging, and bilingualism. He is a clinical member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) and a member of the Costa Rican Psychological Association.

Diego and his wife, Tatiana, enjoy spending time at the gym, playing tennis, and running together. At the moment, he can run a 10K in 75 minutes and has the goal of doing it in less than 60 minutes. Together with their son, they climbed Mount Chirripo (12,532 feet), Costa Rica´s highest peak. He also likes playing online chess and brain games. Their daughter Veronica joins them in more relaxing activities like spending time at Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches. They live close to Poas Volcano National Park.