Ph.D. 2007, University of Rhode Island
M.A. 2004, University of Rhode Island
B.A. 2000, Rhode Island College
Dr. Menaís primary areas of research interest lie within Multicultural Psychology. She is interested in the experiences of privilege, marginalization and oppression as they relate to various identities such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class. Some recent research involvement includes: the experiences of women of color in higher education; the experiences of LGBT students of color; academic perseverance among Latino students; and individual behavior change and community level interventions that address health and mental health disparities.
Dr. Menaís professional interests lie in the delivery of culturally competent psychotherapy services to adults, couples, and families; Spanish language psychotherapy services; and supervision of students through a cultural lens.
Mena, J.A., & Vaccaro, A. (in press) Tell me you love me no matter what: Relationships and self-esteem among LGBQ young adults. Journal of GLBT Family Studies.
Mena, J. A. (2011). Latino Parent Home-based Practices that Bolster Student Academic Persistence. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 33(4), 490-506.*
Vaccaro A., & Mena, J.A. (2011) Itís not burnout, itís more: Queer college activists of color and mental health. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15, 339-367
Florin, P., Celebucki, C., Stevenson, J., Mena, J., Salgado, D., & White, A., Harvey, B., Dougal, M. (2006). Cultivating systematic capacity: The Rhode Island tobacco control enhancement project. American Journal of Community Psychology,38 (3-4), 213-20.
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