32-When Being Latinx and LGBTQIA+ Is Personal

Melanie Domenech Rodríguez is a professor of Psychology at Utah State University. She has dedicated her career to addressing mental health disparities in access to evidence-based interventions with a particular focus on Latinx families and children. She is also a parent who happens to be a psychologist with multicultural expertise. Her youngest child identifies as a member of the transgender community. Melanie has been grateful for the opportunity to see her child as they are discovering themself. https://psychology.usu.edu/research/culture-mental-health-lab/

Roberto L. Abreu (he/him/his/él) is an assistant professor of Counseling Psychology and the director of the Collective Healing and Empowering VoicEs through Research and Engagement (¡Chévere!) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Florida (UF). His research explores ways in which marginalized communities resist systemic oppression and promote bienestar colectivo (collective well-being), with a particular focus on Latinx communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and the intersection of Latinx and LGBTQ people and communities. At its core, Roberto’s work is guided by counseling psychology values such as social justice, person-environment interactions, growth, resilience, and resistance. On a personal level, Roberto and his husband are fathers to a six year-old child, Esdra. So, weekends and free times are spent at the park and learning about dinosaurs and sharks! https://cheverelab.com/

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