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Leticia Arellano


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Dra. Arellano-Morales is a Chicanx psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at the University of La Verne. Her research and clinical interests include Latinx health and mental health, Chicanx feminism, multicultural counseling competencies, and ethnic minority college students. She enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and co-edited the Handbook of Chicana/o Mental Health(2004) with Drs. Brian McNeill and Roberto Velasquez, and wrote Latina/o American Health and Mental Health (2018) with Dra. Erica Sosa. In collaboration with Drs. Fernando Ortiz and Brian McNeill, their upcoming book, Mexican Psychology: Indigenous, colonial, and postmodern contributions, will highlight the numerous contributions of indigenous peoples and psychologists from Mexico. Dra. Arellano-Morales’ motivation for her professional work stems from the strong mujeres in her familia, and childhood experiences from living in a rural community near the California-Mexico border. She enjoys teaching and mentoring college students and strives to increase the educational pipeline of talented Latinx students. Dra. Arellano-Morales also enjoys volunteering at her daughter’s school and is currently its PTSA President.

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