Article Index
Special Interest Groups
Bilingual Issues in Latinx Mental Health
Evidence Based Practice with Latinx Populations
Latinx Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychology
Mentoras/es y Líderes: Mirando hacia el Futuro SIG
NLPA Neuropsychology SIG
Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity
NLPA International Special Interest Group
Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative
Afro-Latinx
Guidelines for proposing a Special Interest Group
Support for SIGs from NLPA
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NLPA’s Special Interest Groups (SIG)

One of the many benefits of joining our members is access to our multiple SIGs. SIGs create an opportunity for NLPA members to collaborate around similar clinical, research, and service interests. Current membership in NLPA is required for membership in a SIG. Below is a list of our current SIGs. 
  • Bilingual Issues in Latinx Mental Health SIG
  • Evidence Based Practice with Latinx Populations SIG
  • Latinx Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychology SIG
  • Mentoras/es y Líderes: Mirando hacia el Futuro SIG
  • NLPA Neuropsychology SIG
  • Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity SIG
  • NLPA International SIG
  • Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative SIG
  • Afro-Latinx SIG

 * For more information please click in the links above

Guidelines and Support

  • Guidelines for Proposing a SIG
  • Support for SIGs from NLPA

Bilingual Issues in Latinx Mental Health

Chair: Ashley Tirado-Martinez, Psy.D with Citrus Health Network, Inc. ([email protected]).

The purpose of this special interest group is to offer a space to support and advocate for the training, research, counseling, and supervision needs of bilingual professionals and professionals interested in bilingual issues.  Simultaneously, the group aims to promote the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive psychological services to Spanish-speaking, Latinx individuals, groups, families, and communities


Evidence Based Practice with Latinx Populations

Chair: Omar Gudiño, PhD, Universityof Denver, [email protected]

The purpose of the Evidence-Based Practice with Latinx Populations SIG is to disseminate information on research developments and clinical innovations related to the use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) with Latinx populations. There is an increasing emphasis on the use of EBPs on one hand and limited research findings specifically examining the use and outcomes of EBPs with Latinxs on the other. This SIG creates a forum for NLPA members to 1) keep current on the latest research findings, 2) promote and support new research, 3) disseminate practice-based evidence from clinicians experienced in using EBPs with this population, 4) advocate for improved training in EBPs, and 5) discuss barriers to the use of EBPs and potential ways of overcoming these barriers. Therefore, the overall goal of the SIG is to promote the development and application of knowledge specific to using EBPs with Latinxs in an effort to improve access to effective treatments.


Latinx Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychology

Chair: Omar Gudiño, PhD, Universityof Denver, [email protected]

The Latinx Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychology SIG is a network of NLPA members interested in exchanging ideas about issues and research related to Latinx children, adolescents, and families. Latinx youth represent the fastest growing segment of theU.S.population and it is important to advance our understanding of the strengths, challenges, and needs of this group. In addition to improving our understanding of this group, it is essential that this knowledge is used in the service of promoting positive youth development and advocating for the mental health and educational needs of youth. This SIG seeks to 1) create a forum for sharing and discussing issues related to Latinx youth and families, 2) facilitate the dissemination of research related to this population, 3) promote awareness and advocate for issues of special significance to Latinx youth, and 4) foster professional relationships among NLPA members who study and serve this population.


Mentoras/es y Líderes: Mirando hacia el Futuro

Co-Chairs: Claudette “Claudia” Antuña, PsyD, MHSA LICSW [email protected].

The mission of this special interest group (SIG) is to promote opportunities for professionals and students in the field of Latinx psychology to engage in leadership and mentorship within and outside of NLPA.

Objectives: The limited representation and participation of Latinx psychologists and students in mental health organizations makes the need for a structured mentoring and leadership development a high priority within NLPA. The need for support, networking, and validation throughout a career are imperative to fostering success and representation of Latinxs in the field of psychology and enhance NLPA's visibility and presence in the broad arena of mental health. Latinx students and psychologists frequently have few role models and/or mentors to inform, guide, and/or assist them to successfully navigate the challenging process of becoming a psychologist.

The Mentoras/es y Líderes SIG seeks to be a vehicle from which to receive and provide feedback, support, and validation regarding professional development, transitional periods, research, tenure, etc. Through this forum, NLPA members will be able to have access to role models and accomplished leaders from across NLPA’s vast membership.


NLPA Neuropsychology

Chair: Eduardo Estevis, M.A., Universityof Tulsa, [email protected]

The purpose of this special interest group (SIG) is to provide a forum for members to discuss issues that affect Latinxs within the field of neuropsychology. This SIG promotes the use of neuropsychological assessments that have demonstrated psychometric reliability and validity for use with Latinx populations. It is sensitive to cultural differences that are typically associated with this population group with respect to these assessments. It promotes increasing cultural competence in the assessment of Latinxs by addressing cultural and linguistic differences that impact assessment. Through collaborative efforts with other members, this SIG highlights and disseminates relevant information, including current research, normative data, and recently published assessments pertinent to Latinxs. This SIG serves as a reference point for individuals seeking information regarding the application of neuropsychology. Specifically, it provides information regarding clinical practice, training programs, and outreach services.


Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Co-Chairs: Alison Cerezo, Ph.D., Elizabeth Aranda, Ph.D., Roberto Abreu, Ph.D., Dagoberto Heredia Jr, M.A.

The Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity special interest group (SIG) is a community of NLPA members invested in addressing the needs and challenges faced by Latinx sexual and gender diverse individuals.  Latinx sexual and gender minorities negotiate multiple marginalized identities and often experience discrimination in family, community, and institutional settings. As a group, we work to address issues of intersectionality including the intersection of sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, national origin, and social class, among other critical identities. We promote and expand education, research, and the clinical application of affirmative practices that safeguard mental health and resiliency in Latinx people whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or reproductive development varies from culturally determined norms. Join us in this important work!

We achieve our goals by (1) creating a community where NLPA members and professionals serving, researching, and advocating for Latinx sexual and gender diverse people can network and share community-specific resources; (2) conducting and disseminating scientific and applied research focusing on the integration of Latinx, sexual, and gender identities; (3) providing education concerning the unique needs of sexual and gender diverse people, their families, and ally communities to NLPA membership, affiliates, and the public-at-large; and (4) increasing the visibility and mentorship of Latinx sexual and gender diverse people.

Please email us if you are interested in joining NLPA’s Orgullo Latinx: Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity SIG. We’d love to have you join our Latinx familia!


NLPA International

Co-chairs: Gregory Benson-Flórez, Ph.D. and Ryan Blucker, Ph.D.

Emails: Gregory- [email protected] Ryan- [email protected]

Description of the Special Interest Group:

  1. Identifying and sharing resources related to international psychology, Latin American Psychology, and a global perspective,
  2. Identifying and sharing opportunities for international collaborations with a focus on Latin America,
  3. Encouraging and ensuring the inclusion of international topics and education in NLPA.

Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative

Co-ChairsClaudette “Claudia” Antuña, Psy.D., MHSA LICSW, [email protected], Alfonso Mercado, Ph.D., [email protected], Luz Garcini, Ph.D., [email protected], and Gabriela Hurtado, Ph.D., [email protected]

The Undocumented Immigrant Collaborative aims to identify, support/collaborate, promote and develop strategies to help undocumented and immigrants, their families and providers. The purpose of this special interest group is closely related to the overall mission of NLPA. We are interested in connecting the existing research, training, and practice to improve the delivery of culturally-relevant mental health services to undocumented and immigrant communities. Moreover, we are interested in fostering a strong relationship through effective collaboration and communication among researchers, practitioners, organizations, communities, and institutions that are relevant to undocumented and immigrant communities.

To address these broad goals we have divided our efforts into three interacting teams.

1)     The Clinical/Forensic Team that seeks to identify, promote and develop culturally competent clinical and forensic guidelines to more effectively assist undocumented immigrants. This team will discuss and clarify clinical and forensic considerations and guidelines for the provisions of mental health services to undocumented Latino communities. Documents that respond to this goal will be placed on a Google Document on NLPA website. Once installed NLPA members will be invited to add resources. This team is led by Dr. Claudia Antuña.  [email protected] and Dr. Alfonso Mercado[email protected]

2)     The Research Team that seeks to promote identification, divulgation, collaboration, and promotion of studies that more effectively address the needs of immigrant and undocumented communities. For example, we have found that some senior researchers have gathered much data that could be analyzed through doctoral projects, while other researchers need help in gathering data in the community. This section is led by Dr. Luz Garcini, [email protected]    

3)     The Resources Team which aims to identify resources (e.g., psychologists that are able to conduct Forensic evaluations) in each state that assists undocumented and immigrants. A Google Document with different resources is being created and hopefully added to the new NLPA web site. NLPA members will be invited to add resources to this document. The organization of this document is led by Dr. Gabriela Hurtado. [email protected]


Afro-Latinx

Chair: Lucinda Bratina, Ph.D., [email protected] 

The Afro-Latinx SIG seeks to address the psychological implications of the historical and presistent invisibility, marginalization, and social exclusion of Latinx of African descent, also known as Afro-descendientes, Afro-Latinx or Black Latinx. The relationships between racism, poor health outcomes, psychological distress, trauma symptoms, poor self-concept, and lower life satisfaction have been increasingly reported among Afro-Latinxs. In collaboration with NLPA we aim to do the work of supporting the Afro-Latinx community by bringing visibility to these experiences and their consequences, while fostering affirming and supportive spaces for Afro-Latinx, and leading the way in advocating and organizing social justice efforts that promote the well-being of Latinx of African descent. 


Guidelines for proposing a Special Interest Group (SIG)

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) create an opportunity for NLPA members to collaborate around their particular shared interests. Current membership in NLPA is required for membership in a SIG. 

If you are interested in establishing a Special Interest Group within NLPA, please reach out to NLPA members via the listserv, [email protected], and complete the SIG application. To reduce excessive email activity on the listserv, be sure to provide your email, so members can contact you directly. Please send all proposals to NLPA’s President-Elect at the moment of your submission.

Special Interest Groups are part of the National Latinx Psychological Association, will act in accordance with the Association’s bylaws, www.nlpa.ws/bylaws, and should not represent themselves as independent entities. They are expected to provide a brief annual report to the NLPA Executive Board (via the office of the President-Elect) on the group’s goals, activities, and accomplishment as well as their membership roster. 

Please note that according to the NLPA bylaws, the office of the President-Elect, in consultation with NLPA's Leadership Council, is responsible for the organization and management of the process for the creation, establishment, activation, development, and/or routine management of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within the NLPA governance structure and serves as the liaison from the Executive Board to approved SIGs.

In the SIG proposal, please provide the following:

  1. Suggested name for the proposed SIG
  2. Chair(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and email(s)--Chairs can be professional and student members
  3. Rationale, purpose, and goals for the proposed SIG
  4. How the proposed SIG relates to the mission of NLPA
  5. Names of the NLPA members petitioning for the group (minimum 8). Please note that current membership in NLPA is required for membership in a SIG.

Support for SIGs from NLPA

NLPA offers monetary support of SIGs for up to $250, on a yearly basis, as long as the monies are available in NLPA’s budget. Additionally, funds cannot be carried over from year to year. SIGs interested in using these funds will need to submit a request that must include a plan for spending the allocation. Requests need to be submitted by November 1st of the preceding year with a spending plan for the following year (e.g., November 1st 2014 to support expenses during 2015).

NLPA’s LC wants to promote creativity and therefore won’t set specific parameters on ways to use such funds other than making sure that the proposed ways comply with our tax-exempt status. Please refer to the following sections of our bylaws as relevant boundaries:

Article VIII GOVERNANCE and OPERATIONS 

2. Operations.

c. Prohibited Activities. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the Association shall not conduct any business, activities, and/or efforts prohibited by IRS Rules governing 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations, such as NLPA.

d. Lobbying, Legislative Advocacy, and Electioneering. In accordance with IRS Rules governing 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations, such as NLPA, no substantial part of NLPA efforts, activities and/or resources shall be involved in partisan political activity or otherwise attempt to influence legislation that directly benefits NLPA and/or its officers. Moreover, NLPA shall not engage, participate, and/or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. However, from time to time legislation and/or legislative advocacy-related issues may arise that could benefit from and/or contribute to the development of effective public policy if NLPA’s perspectives and/or advice were to be made known and available to policymakers. In such instances, the Executive Board will consider actions that may benefit or inform legislators and/or policymakers on NLPA science, practice, and/or education-based efforts, activities, and/or initiatives of particular relevance.

Article V. COMPOSITION, AUTHORITY, and FUNCTIONS of the EXECUTIVE BOARD and LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

2 c: Except for the distribution of information and other business-related expenses, no part of the assets of the Association shall be used for the personal benefit of its members or officers. Reimbursement of expenses properly incurred in adherence with the NLPA Expense Policy (please see the Policies and Procedure Manual), may be paid by the Treasurer with the approval of the President, to members and officers in furtherance of Section 501(c)(3) purposes; documentation of said expenses must be provided. 

SIGs that requested the monies will need to submit a report on the activities at the end of the year and return to NLPA’s general budget any monies that weren’t used.

Questions regarding this matter should be directed to NLPA’s president-elect and NLPA’s treasurer.