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Underrepresentation of Latinx Students in Conference Presentations

The Journal of Latinx Psychology recently published an article focused on the underrepresentation of Latinx students in conference presentations.

Latinxs were less likely to be presenting at conferences, even when they were studying at Hispanic Serving Institutions [also note that HSI is a designation about how many Latinx students are enrolled in a college or university and does NOT mean that the college or university is serving their Latinx students in any meaningful way]. 

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A Decolonial and Liberation Lens to Social Justice Research

This article, written by members of NLPA, focuses on approaches to psychological science that are rooted in decolonial and liberation movements. The authors provide information about how traditional ways of conducting psychological research can disempower and marginalize communities further, focusing on pathology and missing sources of strength, resilience, and knowledge. 
The authors discuss a set of recommendations for how psychological scientists can conduct community-engaged research in a manner that is with rather than to communities, including highlighting the importance of fostering critical consciousness; learning about communities' perspectives, practices, and historical and current contexts; sharing power and decision-making with communities in the co-creation of psychological knowledge; using research to actively liberate communities (vs. documenting deficits or disparities), leveraging strengths and resilience; honoring and respecting communities, including rights to privacy; and using one's position to advocate for communities.
These practices align super well with the spirit of our 2024 conference, which is focused on "Weaving a community-engaged psychological science."
Read the full article from APA PsycNet HERE.

Mental Health Impacts on the Latinx Community Leading up to the 2020 Election

The Journal of Latinx Psychology recently published an article titled "Affect in anticipation of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in a sample of Latinx adults living on the U.S.–Mexico border: A daily diary study."

The article discusses how the time period leading up to the 2020 election, which was marked by lots of anti-immigrant and anti-Latinx rhetoric, was associated with increased rates of depression, anxiety, and negative affect in a sample of over 100 Latinxs living on/near the US-Mexico border.

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Nurturing Success: The Power of Mentorship for Latinx Psychology Students and Early Career Professionals

In the multifaceted realm of higher education, embarking on a journey in psychology can be both exhilarating and daunting for Latinx students and early career professionals (ECP). The quest for knowledge, the pursuit of professional growth, and the navigation of career pathways often require more than just textbooks and lectures. It necessitates guidance, support, and a nurturing environment that understands the unique challenges and aspirations of Latinx individuals within the psychology field.

The mission for this program is to empower Latinx students and ECPs in psychology by providing them with the advice, guidance, support, and counsel they need to navigate the intricate landscape of higher education and professional growth.

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Uruguay to offer free antidepressants to combat soaring suicide rate

A recent article written by Marina E. Franco at Axios detailed the spiking suicide rates in Uruguay and how the country is working to combat this problem by offering free antidepressants. 

With suicide rates reaching record highs, Uruguay is starting a mental health plan in 2024

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Latino Youth Beat Mental Health Stigma

Latino Youth Beat Mental Health Stigma (And Other Headlines)

LAist published an article titled “Latino Youth Beat Mental Health Stigma”. The article discussed Brittany Flores and how her own struggle with generalized anxiety led her to want to help others with mental health struggles. 

Flores is a participant in “a new film project that aims to empower Latinx youth to become mental health advocates for themselves and others. The goal: to break long-held mental health stigmas in their communities by sharing their own stories.”

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Ring in the New Year with a donation to NLPA ~ $24 for 2024!

As we approach the dawn of a new year, we're reaching out to you with an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful impact. At NLPA, we're gearing up for an incredible 2024, and we want you to be a crucial part of it!

To make this year unforgettable, we're launching a special fundraising campaign: "Ring in 2024 with $24." We believe in the power of collective giving, and your $24 donation can contribute to making a significant difference in our mission.

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2024 President's Welcome - Ana Bridges

Welcome NLPA's 2024 President - Ana Bridges!

Read a welcome message from the president below. 

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New Membership Chair - Alexina Pilo

Welcome NLPA’s new Membership Chair, Alexina Pilo!

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Downward National Trends in Mental Health Treatment Offered in Spanish

Psychiatry Online published a study on the “Downward National Trends in Mental Health Treatment Offered in Spanish: State Differences by Proportion of Hispanic Residents”. 

The objective of the study was to “determine how the prevalence of mental health treatment facilities that offer services in Spanish has changed over time in the United States.” 

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NLPA Member Highlight - Dr. Rachel Ocampo

 NLPA Member Highlight - Dr. Rachel Ocampo, Clinical Assistant Professor, CISA - School of Counseling and Counseling Psychology


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NLPA Welcomes New Student Member Elect - Sandra Gomez

NLPA welcomes Sandra Gomez as our new student member elect! 

The Elect Student Representative will coordinate with the Membership Committee to recruit and retain new student members, assist Current Student Representative on conference preparation and maintain communication with other NLPA communities (e.g., SIGS, and subcommittees) especially when they have student involvement.

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NLPA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Partnership

On September 26, 2023 – NLPA and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new partnership to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the Latinx community in the United States. 

This strategic partnership enables NLPA and HHS to work together more closely to facilitate information exchange and outreach, education, and research training opportunities. Together, we hope to more effectively take action to help enhance and increase care of Latinxs.

NLPA and Obsidian Final Report

On January 9, 2021, NLPA contracted with Obsidian Consulting to conduct a self study
consultation with a three-fold purpose: I. Identifying strengths of the NLPA; II. Developing an
Implementation program that would outline steps and actions that NLPA can engage in moving
forward to explicitly address anti-Black racism in the organization; III. Providing an expanded
Organizational evaluation which involves examining past and current practices that have
attempted to combat anti-Black racism in the organization as well as those actions that may have
contributed to ongoing anti-Black racism.

Read the full report HERE.

NLPA Endorsement of Courthouse Naming

NLPA recently endorsed a letter supporting legislation that would designate the Los Angeles U.S. Courthouse to be named after Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez – advocates that helped end segregation in California schools and paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education.

Read the letter HERE.

NLPA endorse APA Advocacy Letter

NLPA recently endorsed an advocacy letter crafted by the American Psychological Association focused on creating changes to existing non-lawful permanent resident (non-LPR) cancellation of removal rules.

Read the letter HERE

Resisting Institutional Overreach: Understanding the SCOTUS Decisions on Affirmative Action

The National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA) is pleased to invite you to a guest lecture by Dr. D-L Stewart about Resisting Institutional Overreach: Understanding the SCOTUS Decisions on Affirmative Action on November 7, 2023, from 9am-10am MST. 

Dr. D-L Stewart joined the University of Denver in 2021 after 20 years of teaching, research, and service in colleges and universities focused on U.S. postsecondary education. His scholarship focuses on the philosophy and history of higher education, institutional transformation toward realizing equity and justice, and how higher education environments function within society and as a crucible for the learning and development of minoritized student, staff, and faculty populations. He received his B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Sociology & Anthropology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs and Educational Administration and Higher Education, respectively.

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September All Member Meeting - Special Discussion on Supreme Court Decision

Hola NLPA familia,

I hope this message finds each of you doing well! I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our conferencia this October in Chicago!

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NLPA Member Testifies at UN on Effects of Colonization in Puerto Rico

NLPA member Dr. Cristalis Capielo Rosario recently gave testimony to the United Nations about the mental health impacts of colonization in Puerto Rico. Dr. Capielo Rosario’s argument for the psychological ramifications of Puerto Rican colonization included discussion of internalized narratives, perceived inferiority, and threats of depression and anxiety.

Dr. Capielo Rosario’s research indicated that self-determination could change the mental health aspect for Puerto Ricans by empowering the community and improving the population’s overall self-esteem. “I recently conducted a study in which I asked participants to imagine what would happy if the association between the U.S. and Puerto Rico ceased. The primary response was chaos. ‘We won’t be able to survive.’ ‘We’re going to die of hunger,’” Dr. Capielo Rosario explained in an Arizona State University interview, “But when asked in that same study how they would describe themselves and other Puerto Ricans, they said ‘we’re hardworking, we’re creative and we have a lot of assets.’ But it does not translate into the idea of self-determination. That’s a psychological phenomenon. We certainly have the economic and social resources to make it happen.”

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NLPA Welcomes Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer

NLPA welcomes Dra. Julia Roncoroni as our inaugural Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Roncoroni will lead NLPA’s efforts to ensure the organization remains responsive to the diversity of our Latine identities and experiences. 

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