Jasmine Mena

Jasmine Mena

Associate Professor of Psychology
Affiliated Faculty in Latin American Studies
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About Jasmine Mena

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • Predoctoral Internship, Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • B.A., Psychology, Rhode Island College

Research Interests

Professor Mena’s research examines the influence of cultural and contextual factors on physical and mental health. She is especially interested in illuminating the experiences of historically marginalized groups and strives to apply research findings in community settings. She has a passion for working with students on research from conceptualization to publication and every step in between.

Multicultural Psychology Lab

Courses Taught

  • FOUN 098: (Un)intended Health Disparities
  • FOUN 098: Success and Failure
  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 240: Critical Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 287: Research Methods in Critical Multicultural Psychology
  • PSYC 374/674: Latinx Psychology


Mena, J. A. & Quina, K. (Eds.). (2019). Integrating multiculturalism and intersectionality into the psychology curriculum: Strategies for instructors. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

(*Student co-Author)

Mena, J. A. & Stevenson, J. R. (in press). The promise of labor based grading contracts for the teaching of psychology and neuroscience. Teaching of Psychology.

Mena, J. A. (2022). From cradle to college: Cultural socialization and the college experience of Latinxs college students. Journal of Latinx Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/lat0000207

*Campbell, C., & Mena, J. A. (2021). LGBTQ+ counseling center website friendliness and structural stigma. Journal of College Counseling, 24 (3), 241-255. https://doi.org/10.1002/jocc.12194

*Ulerio, G., & Mena, J. A. (2020). Parental cultural socialization practices in a predominantly White rural college community. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 2697–2709. 

Mena, J. A., Soto, J. A., Wei, W., *Kaplan, S., & *Salazar, S. (2020) Does centrality moderate the relation between skin tone satisfaction and psychological adjustment for Latinx Blacks and non-Latinx Blacks? Race and Social Problems, 12, 219-232.

Mena, J. A., Durden, T. E., *Bressette, S. E., & *McCready, T. (2019). Black and White self-identified Latinx respondents and perceived psychological distress and impairment. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 41(4), 504-522.

Mena, J. A., *Ampadu, G., & Prochaska, J. O. (2016). The influence of engagement and satisfaction on smoking cessation interventions: A qualitative study. Substance Use and Misuse, 52(3)322-331

Vaccaro, A., & Mena, J. A. (2011). It’s not burnout, it’s more: Queer college activists of color and mental health. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15, 339-367.

Selected Presentations

Mena J. A. (2021). Decolonizing the Psychology Curriculum Invited presentation delivered at the Decolonizing Psychology Training Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Mena, J. A. (2019). Teaching the next generation of psychology students: Multiculturalism & intersectionality in action. Plenary delivered at the Association for Women in Psychology conference, Newport, RI.

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