Cory J. Cascalheira, BA, LSAA (he / they) is an NIH MBRS R25 RISE Fellow and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Counseling & Educational Psychology at New Mexico State University. His research program has two foci: (1) the examination of stress-based, multilevel determinants and mechanisms conferring risk for LGBTQ+ health disparities (e.g., substance misuse); (2) the use of computational methods (i.e., artificial intelligence) and big data to understand LGBTQ+ health behaviors and outcomes; and (3) the development of innovative interventions (e.g., digital health).
Clinically, he has experience delivering cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness-based, and relational-cultural interventions through individual and group modalities with people living with homelessness, addiction, recidivism, academic distress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, loss, and concerns about body image and identity development. Cory has worked in college counseling centers, community behavioral health settings, integrated primary care, and VA medical centers.
PhD, Counseling Psychology, 2024
New Mexico State University
BA, Psychology, 2012
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
An avid R user since 2018, Cory uses R to conduct reproducible multilevel, latent variable, and machine learning analyses and visualizations.
A Python user since 2021, Cory uses Python to perform machine learning, experiment with deep neural networks, execute natural language processing, scrape the web, and download big data.
Cory primarily writes for scientific audiences, but his research has been featured in popular outlets, such as podcasts, local and international newspapers, online magazines, and other outlets.
Cory uses CBT, ACT, RCT, and other evidence-based practices to prevent client problems, stop client suffering, and contribute to client development. He has neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessment experience.
Cory uses an active learning, participatory approach to student education, and has developed GED classes for male inmates in the Muscogee County Jail and taught undergraduate classes in research and gender at New Mexico State University.
Cory is the Vice President of PFLAG Las Cruces and serves on national committees for Division 44 of the American Psychological Association.