Research Interests: Microaggressions; Multicultural Competence; LGBTQ Issues; Asian American/Pacific Islander Issues
Kevin Nadal, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center – the oldest university-based LGBTQ research center in the US. He is also currently the President of the Asian American Psychological Association – the first national Asian American organization committed to addressing mental health needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. He holds appointments in Critical Social Personality Psychology and Clinical Psychology at the Graduate Center and in the Psychology Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice – City University of New York. He is a co-founder of the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network, as well as a national trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society.
Dr. Nadal has published 5 books including Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (Wiley, 2011), Women and Mental Disorders (Praeger, 2011), and That’s So Gay! Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (American Psychological Association, 2013). He is also the Editor of the forthcoming SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (SAGE, expected 2017). He has published over 60 works in journals like the American Psychologist, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Asian American Journal of Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. His research has focused primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, particularly on understanding impacts of microaggressions (subtle forms of discrimination) on the mental health of people of color, women, and LGBTQ people. He is also considered one of the leading experts on Filipino American mental health and issues related to LGBTQ people of color. In 2011, he was awarded the Early Career Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association, and in 2012, he received the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Psychological Association Division 45: Society for the Study of Psychological Issues Culture, Ethnicity and Race.