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Jasmine Mena

Jasmine Mena

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology

Office: Chafee 309
Phone: 401-874-2665

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
M.A., University of Rhode Island
B.A., Rhode Island College

Research Interests

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.

Professional Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Mena, J. A. “I love my work, but this is not my life”: Women of color in the academy. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education (accepted).

Mena, J. A., & Vaccaro, A. (2014,forthcoming). Role modeling community engagement for college students: Narratives from women faculty and staff of color. In S. V. Iverson & J. H. James, (Eds.), Feminist Community Engagement: Achieving Praxis. Pelgrave.

Mena, J. A., & Saucier, P. K. (2014). “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”: Nina Simone’s Africana Womanism Journal of Black Studies, 45(3),247-265. doi: 10.1177/0021934714528512.

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.

*Most-read May 2012 Ė 11/50.

Graduate Student Research

Joseph, E. (2017, expected). Combating neighborhood risk:  The potential impact of Multiracial ethnic identity. Doctoral Dissertation. 

Rodriguez, I. (2017, expected). The role of internalized heterosexism in relation to the health of sexual minorities. Masters Thesis.

Berwise, C. (2018 expected). Assessing the influence of Black racial identity on perceived discrimination and academic achievement. Masters Thesis.

Curriculum Vitae

Letter of Recommendation Request