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Counseling and Counseling Psychology

Research labs and projects

Couples Coping with Stress Lab

Faculty Mentor: Ashley K. Randall, PhD, Associate Professor

Email: Ashley.K.Randall@asu.edu | Web: ashleykrandall.wixsite.com/asucouplescoping

Description: The Couples Coping with Stress Lab uses multi-method approaches (e.g., selfreport, daily diary, momentary measures of emotional experience and behavioral observations)
and advanced statistical analyses suitable for longitudinal dyadic data analysis to examine how
couples (different- and same-gender) regulate stress in the context of their relationship.

Student Participants: Doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students. The Couples Coping with
Stress lab also routinely works with international students.

Products: Please visit Dr. Randall’s lab website for more information.

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Pending

Dillon Lab

Faculty Mentor: Frank Dillon, PhD, Professor

Email: Frank.Dillon@asu.edu

Description: The Dillon Lab members primarily study cultural and social determinants of health
including psychological distress, substance use disorders, and HIV risk behaviors. A major aim
of our work is to promote multicultural competent counseling interventions and education.
Student Participants: Doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students.


  • Dillon, F. R., Ebersole, R., Lara-Lerma, C., Hanson, E., & Rambeau, J. (2022, August). Development and validation of the sexual minority affirmative practice scale. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association conference.
  • Lara-Lerma, C., Ebersole, R., & Dillon, F. R. (2022, August). Development of the sexual minority affirmative practice scale-Spanish translation. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association conference.
  • Dillon, F. R., Ebersole, R., Lara-Lerma, C., Hanson, E., & Rambeau, J. (2022, April). Development and validation of the sexual minority affirmative practice scale. Poster presented at the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration conference, Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Puleo, B. P., Dillon, F. R., Ertl, M. E., Da Silva, N., Cabrera Tineo, Y. A., Verile, M., & De La Rosa, M. (2022, April). Collective efficacy: A longitudinal social determinant of access to medical care among recently immigrated Latina young adults. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference, Baltimore, MD.
  • Romero, A., Dillon, F. R., Lara-Lerma, C., & De La Rosa, M. (2022, February). The effects of family separation on Latina young adult mental health. Poster presented at the Society of Cross-Cultural Research conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Lara-Lerma, C., Dillon, F. R., Romero, A. C., & Wiebe, J. S. (2021, August). Fatalism, alcohol use, and ART adherence among HIV+ Latino MSM living at the U.S./Mexico border. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association conference, Online.
  • Altamirano, E. & Dillon, F. R. (2021, April). Su verdad! The experiences of undocumented Latina survivors of intimate partner violence. Poster presented at the Institute for Social Science Research at Arizona State University contest, Online.

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Yes

Empowerment Lab

Faculty Mentor: Em Matsuno, PhD, Assistant Professor

Email: Em.Matsuno@asu.edu | empowermentlab.wordpress.com

Description: The Empowerment Lab aims to uplift, center, and empower Two-spirit, trans, and
nonbinary (2STNB) people as scholars, researchers, practitioners, activists, and healers within
the field of psychology. In our research, we aim to center our voices by including 2STNB
members in our research team and collaborating with 2STNB community members. The research
within this lab is informed by minority stress theory (Brooks, 1981; Meyers, 2003), which
emphasizes the impact of societal stigma on mental health, as well as the protective function of
resilience factors. From this framework, our research goals are to 1) identify the minority
stressors and resilience factors that 2STNB people experience, 2) create and validate
psychological measures of minority stressors and resilience for 2STNB people, 3) examine the
pathways between minority stressors, resilience factors, and mental health outcomes for 2STNB
people, and 4) develop and test interventions to reduce minority stressors and/or increase
resilience factors for 2STNB populations.

Dr. Matsuno is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17
(Counseling Psychology), Division 35 (Psychology of Women), Division 44 (Sexual Orientation
and Gender Diversity), Division 45 (Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), and
the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).

Student Participants: The lab currently includes four doctoral students and one masters student.
Masters and undergraduate students are welcome to apply to volunteer with the lab starting in
January 2023.


  • Matsuno, E., Savarese, E., Bricker, N. L., Mohr, R., Colson, A., & Balsam, K. F. (2022, January 5-7). “I love being me”: A qualitative study on strengths and positive aspects of being nonbinary. In D. Miller (Chair), Strengths, Resilience, and Resistance of Trans and Nonbinary People. [Symposium]. NMCS 2022, Online.
  • Matsuno, E., Balsam, K. F., Bricker, N. L., & Savarese, E. (2021, August 12-14). The enby project: Understanding minority stress and resilience among nonbinary people. In K. F. Balsam (Chair), Gender Out of the Box: New Directions in Research with Nonbinary Populations. [Symposium]. APA 2021, Online.
  • Matsuno, E., & Israel, T. (2021). The parent support program: Development and acceptability of an online intervention aimed at increasing supportive behaviors among parents of trans youth. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 17(5), 413–431. https://doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2020.1868369
  • Matsuno, E., McConnell, E., Dolan, C., & Israel, T. (2021). “I am fortunate to have a transgender child”: An investigation into the barriers and facilitators to support among parents of trans and nonbinary youth. LGBTQ+ Family: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 18(1), 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2021.1991541
  • Matsuno, E. (2019). Nonbinary-affirming psychological interventions. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26(4), 617–628. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2018.09.003
  • Matsuno, E., & Israel, T. (2018). Psychological interventions promoting resilience among transgender individuals: Transgender resilience intervention model (TRIM). The Counseling Psychologist, 46(5), 632–655. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000018787261

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Pending

Latinx Spirituality and Mental Health Lab

Faculty Mentor: Rachel Ocampo Hoogasian, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor

Email: Rachel.Ocampo.Hoogasian@asu.edu

Description: We explore the intersections of Latinx spirituality and mental health. We also research the transmission of cultural values and spirituality within Latinx families. Students receive opportunities to learn more about every level of qualitative data analysis and writing. There is also a strong mentorship component with opportunities to work with other students who may be interested in pursuing graduate education.

Student Participants: Undergraduate students.

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Yes

Psicología Latinx en Acción (PLENA) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Cristalís Capielo Rosario, PhD, Assistant Professor

Email: Cristalis.Capielo@asu.edu | www.plenaresearch.org

Description: Members of PLENA focus on examining the intersectional causes of health disparities among Latinx communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Our research is frequently disseminated through peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and community stakeholders. Student Participants: PLENA welcomes doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level student researchers.


Selected articles:

  • Capielo Rosario, C., Muro-Rodríguez, N. J., & Adames, H. Y. (in press). How colonialism blames Puerto Rico for its corruption. CENTRO Journal
  • Capielo Rosario, C., Faison, A., Winn, L., Caldera, K., & Lobos, J. (2021). No son complejos: An intersectional evaluation of AfroPuerto Rican health. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 9(1), 45–64. https://doi.org/10.1037/lat0000183
  • Capielo Rosario, C., Torres Fernández, I., & Wejrowski, B. (2021). Puerto Rico se levanta: Advocacy service and research in the aftermath of Hurricane María. Qualitative Psychology. Advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1037/qup0000199
  • Capielo Rosario, C., Abreu, R. L., Gonzalez, K. A., & Cardenas Bautista, E. (2020). “That day no one spoke”: Florida Puerto Ricans reaction to Hurricane María. The Counseling Psychologist, 48(3), 377–406. https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000019899382

Selected presentations to policy makers:

  • Capielo Rosario, C., & Carlos Chavez, F. (2021, July 28). COVID-19 needs assessment on U.S. Latinx communities. Briefing to the White House COVID-19 Taskforce.
  • Carlos Chavez, F., & Capielo Rosario, C. (2021, June 1). COVID-19 economic and psychological impact on U.S. Latinx communities. Report presented to the National Urban League.
  • Capielo Rosario, C., Carlos Chavez, F., Sánchez, D., & Cadenas, G. (2021, May 14). COVID-19 needs assessment on U.S. Latinx communities. Briefing to the 117th Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

R & R (Race and Relationships) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Lydia Ahn, PhD Assistant Professor

Email: LydiaAhn@asu.edu | raceandrelationships.wordpress.com

Description: Research includes topics on 1) the impact of racism on health outcomes, 2) developmental protective factors including racial-ethnic socialization, parenting, and Attachment, and 3) promoting positive psychological outcomes and healing through psychotherapy, prevention/intervention programs, and evidence-based video interventions.

Student Participants: Doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students.


  • Ahn, L. H., Yang, N. Y., & An, M. (2022). COVID-19 racism, internalized racism, and psychological outcomes among East Asians/East Asian Americans. Invited submission for The Counseling Psychologist, Special Issue on “The Coronavirus Pandemic and Counseling Psychology”, 50(3). https://doi.org/10.1177/00110000211070597
  • Ahn, L. H., Dunbar, A. S., Coates, E. E., & Smith-Bynum, M. A. (2021). Cultural and universal parenting, ethnic identity, and internalizing symptoms among African American adolescents. Journal of Black Psychology, 47(8). https://doi.org/10.1177/00957984211034290
  • Ahn, L. H., Keum, B. T., Meizys, G., Choudry, A., Gomes, M., & Wang, L. (2021). Second-generation Asian American women’s gendered racial socialization. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 69(2), 129–145. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000575
  • Ahn, L. H., Kivlighan, D. M., & Hill, C. E. (2021). Helping skills courses: The effects of diversity and numeric marginalization on counseling self-efficacy, counseling self-stigma, and mental health. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 69(1), 27–36. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000573
  • Ahn, L. H., Yee, S. E., Dixon, K. M., Kase, C. E., Sharma, R., & Hill, C. E. (2020). Feeling offended by clients: The experiences of doctoral student therapists. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68(2), 125–138. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000511

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Yes

Sex & Gender Lab

Faculty Mentor: Francisco “Cisco” J. Sánchez, PhD Assistant Professor

Email: Cisco.Sanchez@asu.edu

Description: The lab broadly focuses on psychological topics related to human sexuality and gender norms. Recent/ongoing topics studied by the lab include the impact of purity culture on sexual health; the role of male norms in fraternity members’ resistance to harm-reducing interventions for alcohol use; the psychological effects of stigmatized identities among people who identify as LGB and atheist; and rape myth acceptance among male athletes.

Student Participants: Open to doctoral, master's, and advanced undergraduate students.

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Yes

Tran Ethnic & Minority Psychology and Experiences (TEMPE) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Alisia (Giac-Thao) Tran, PhD, Associate Professor

Email: Alisia@asu.edu | sites.google.com/site/tempelab

Description: At this time, the research of the TEMPE Lab is most heavily focused on student-athlete mental health, with a specific emphasis on minority student-athletes. The TEMPE Lab members also conduct research on discrimination, ethnic-racial socialization, cultural identities, financial stressors, socioeconomic disparities, and social justice. The TEMPE Lab is currently doing work in affiliation with the ASU Global Sport Institute and its members.

Student Participants: Doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students.

Products: articles, grants, presentations/workshops, media

Sample publications:

  • Tran, A. G. T. T. (in press). Racial/ethnic differences and retirement involvement: A latent profile analysis. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, 33(3), 1–14. http://doi.org/10.1891/JFCP.2021-0062
  • Tran, A. G. T. T., Holzapfel, J., Lam, C. K., & Eustice, K. L. (in press). Race and student-athlete status: Peer appraisals of academic skills, intelligence, and favorability. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000339
  • Tran, A. G. T. T. (2021). In or out of the game? Counter-stereotype paradoxes and Asian-identified student-athlete mental health. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 27(4), 579–592. https://doi.org/10.1037/cdp0000387
  • Tran, A. G. T. T. (2021). Looking forward to student-athlete mental health: Racial/ethnic trends from 2010 to 2015. Journal of American College Health, 69(8), 942–950. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2020.1725018
  • Tran, A. G. T. T., & Lee, R. M. (2014). You speak English well! Asian Americans’ reactions to an exceptionalizing stereotype. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(3), 484–490. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000034

Accepting PhD Students for 2023? Yes