Skills

Scientist

I study stigma-based sequelae of LGBTQ+ mental health using traditional research methods and computational social science.

Educator

I have taught 3 undergraduate classes at New Mexico State University.

Author

I publish empirical articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Therapist

I work as a clinical supervisor-in-training at NMSU and a behavioral health intern with the Family Medicine Center.

Advocate

I am Vice President of PFLAG Las Cruces, managing grants, crafting outreach media, and organizing community projects. I also serve as a representative or committee member in psychology-based organizations, locally and nationally.

R User

I have been an avid R user since 2018. I use R to create reproducible analyses and visualizations. You can find my current work on GitHub.

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Research Project Coordinator

Syracuse University

January 2021 – Present Remote
Works with Drs. Jillian R. Scheer, Skyler Jackson, and a team of research assistants (1) to implement a project with the goal of developing a culturally sensitive intervention for trauma-exposed sexual minority women, (2) to assist with launching the laboratory, (3) to conduct meta-analyses and systematic scoping reviews, and (4) to assist in the design, implementation, and publication of other research projects focusing on LGBTQIA+ mental health.
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Instructor

New Mexico State University

August 2020 – July 2021 Las Cruces, NM
Teaches undergraduate classes as the instructor of record, including a course about gender and culture (i.e., CEPY 320: Sex Roles in Education) and a research internship capstone course (i.e., CEPY 498: Community and Counseling Psychology Internship); uses principles of active learning; delivers instruction through asynchronous and synchronous methods.
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Research Assistant

New Mexico State University

August 2019 – May 2021 Las Cruces, NM
Assisted Dr. Leanna Lucero in the School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership to explore (1) social justice in math education, (2) queer-inclusive pedagogy in elementary schools, (3) the experience of transgender and bisexual parents within public schools, and (4) the experience of LGBTQIA+ educators of color in the borderland region of the United States; partnered with Dr. Tracie Hitter (1) to review student analyses employing the listening guide as a technique and (2) to write and to revise manuscripts; collaborated with Dr. Tracie Hitter and Dr. Na-Yeun Choi on a project exploring racism among African Americans and Asian Americans at a Hispanic-serving institution; collaborated with Dr. Eve Adams to analyze and to write up data from a multi-year mindfulness project using univariate statistics.
 
 
 
 
 

Addictions Counselor-in-Training

SafeHouse Ministries

September 2018 – June 2019 Columbus, GA
Facilitated cognitive behavioral therapy groups; facilitated psychoeducation groups using the Matrix model, WRAP, and WHAM; wrote case notes in HMIS & weekly probation reports; administered drug screenings (urine analyses, breathalyzers); consulted with professionals to improve client services; performed screening, assessment, orientation, and intake of clients; created GED curriculum for social studies and language arts; tutored inmates at the Muscogee County Jail.
 
 
 
 
 

Volunteer Research Assistant

Columbus State University

June 2018 – June 2019 Columbus, GA
Worked with Brandt A. Smith, Ph.D and two undergraduates to write and submit a manuscript on ingroup bias among men who have sex with men; served as PI for project on partner preferences of sexual minority men on geosocial networks; completed training in univariate statistics using Open Stats Lab, JASP, and the R programming language.
 
 
 
 
 

Self-employed Owner

Erotilogic Entertainment, LLC

August 2014 – April 2017 Providence, RI
Freelance event promoter for LGBT+ events (i.e., nightlife, Pride, etc.) in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine; contracted with Rise Boston, Royale, Rumor, Chris Harris Presents, Megaplex, Club Body, Online Buddies, Jack’d, Manhunt, MaineStreet Ogunquit, Crown & Anchor, Club EGO, The X-Room at Mardi Gras.
 
 
 
 
 

Residential Counselor

Franciscan Children’s

December 2012 – August 2013 Columbus, GA
Created a safe, therapeutic environment for fifteen resident children; assisted in developing behavior charts; conducted body checks; guided children through suicidal ideation, hyperactive outbursts, delusional hallucinations, oppositional defiance, and withdrawn seclusion; trained in Crisis Prevention (CPI); assisted therapists with implementing various forms of therapy (i.e., animal, music, art).
 
 
 
 
 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

October 2011 – May 2012 Columbus, GA
Worked with Jana Sladkova, Ph.D and two other research assistants exploring the effects of deportation on Spanish-speaking immigrants living in Lowell; reviewed literature; collected narratives from participants; transcribed narratives using QSR NVivo 9.
 
 
 
 
 

Lead Child & Youth Program Assistant

66th FSS/FSFY, School Age Program

August 2010 – August 2014 Hanscom AFB, MA
Supervised 10 staff members and 85 children; 4H coordinator; BGCA liaison; created behavioral intervention systems to redirect children and stabilize challenging youth; planned, organized, and supervised overnight camping trips, teen lock-ins, and field days; researched activities; organized fundraisers, raising over $1,000 to donate to families in need.

Certificates, Fellowships

RISE Scholar

NIH-funded research assistantship to investigate minority stress using machine learning techniques; full-tuition coverage, annual research grant, travel stipend, externship stipend.

Basic ASAM Criteria Training

Rating clients who misuse substances on six dimensions to establish level of care.
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Positive Sexuality Summer Research Internship

Worked with Drs. Liam Wignall and Mark McCormack on projects related to the phenomenology of 247 BDSM and the influence of COVID-19 on sexual activity and personal relationships.
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ACT for Beginners

Psychological flexibility using a triflex model based on the work of Russ Harris (2019). Learned practical skills (e.g., unhooking exercises, scrunching feelings metaphor) for immediate use with clients.
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Intro to Statistics with R Track

Correlation, regression, and inference.
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CBT for Depression

Created a Cognitive Conceptualization Diagram for a client and self, trained on how to administer worksheets such as the Thought Record, and explored key core beliefs of depression (unlovability, helplessness, worthlessness).
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Essentials of CBT: The Beck Approach

Practiced techniques to help clients evaluate and respond to their automatic thoughts and core beliefs, developed action plans for a client, and trained in activity scheduling and Socratic questioning.
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Data Scientist with R Track

Importing, cleaning, wrangling data. Writing functions, exploring data, and creating visuals. Supervised and unsupervised machine learning.
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Addiction Core Education

Performed group counseling, attended multiple 12-step fellowships, and wrote a final paper advocating for safe injecting facilities in the United States.
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