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School of 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., self-report, 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 2024? No

Dillon Lab

Faculty Mentor: Frank Dillon, PhD, Professor

Email: Frank.Dillon@asu.edu

Description: Dillon Lab members primarily use quantitative methods to 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 effective, multicultural competent counseling interventions and education.

Student Participants: Doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students.

Recent Products (*indicates student co-author): 

  • *Sasa Marsiglia, S., Dillon, F. R., *Lobos, J., Eklund, A., & Ebersole, R. (in press). Ethnic identity commitment as a moderator for perceived access to healthcare among Latinx sexual minority men. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • 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.
  • *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 1 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 2024? No

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: Doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students. To learn more visit empowermentlab.wordpress.com


  • Matsuno, E., Bricker, N. L., Savarese, E., Mohr, R., Jr., & Balsam, K. F. (2022). “The default is just going to be getting misgendered”: An investigation of minority stress among nonbinary adults. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000607
  • Matsuno, E., Hashtpari, H., Domínguez, S., Jr., Maroney, M. R., Gonzalez, K., & Knutson, D. (2022). “There’s no real roadmap that I know of”: Experiences of trans and nonbinary graduate students in counseling psychology programs. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(1), 16–29. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000647
  • 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 2024? Yes

Culture, Athletics, Spirituality & Mental Health Research (CASMR) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Rachel Ocampo Hoogasian, PhD Assistant Clinical Professor

Email: Rachel.Ocampo.Hoogasian@asu.edu

Description: The research team is currently split between a focus on sports and performance psychology as well as Latinx mental health and spirituality. In the realm of sports psychology, the team is working on a large-scale, cross-country, study of football coaches and players and their multiple roles, experiences, and mental health trajectories. In the realm of Latinx spirituality and mental health, the team is collecting qualitative and quantitative data related to traditional healing and Western treatment in the U.S. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico, the team is also participating in program development and evaluation related to reconnecting youth with ancestral knowledge to promote overall health and wellness.

Student Participants: Undergraduate and graduate students.

Accepting PhD Students for 2024? No


  • Gonzalez, T., Chavez, T., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2023, Spring). De Nuestro RAÍCES: Traditional healing, education, and research in Mexico and the U.S. southwest. Presentation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.
  • Gonzalez, Z., Ramer, E., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2023, Spring). Division 1 football players’ experiences mental health and development through athletic engagement across the lifespan. Poster presentation at the ASU CISA Student Showcase.
  • Kowal, H., Jones, E., Barnett, A., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2023, Spring). African American football coaches’ approaches to coaching. Poster presentation at the ASU CISA Student Showcase.
  • Smith, L., Joy, E., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2023, Spring). African American< football coaches’ experiences of racism. Poster presentation at the ASU CISA Student Showcase.
  • Perez, I., Barnett, A., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2022, Spring). Latinx youth’s perspectives on faith, social justice, and change. Poster presentation at the ASU CISA Student Showcase.
  • Wallace, D., Bustamante, G., & Ocampo Hoogasian, R. (2022, Spring). Latinx youth’s perspectives on family, faith, and values. Poster presentation at the ASU CISA Student Showcase.
  • Ocampo Hoogasian, R., McNeill, B. W., & Chavez, T. (2020) Healing with Curanderas: Exploring the conceptions of illness, healing processes, and outcomes of Mexican American clients in Curanderismo. In J. Cervantes & B. W. McNeill (Eds.), Latinx healing practices: Psychospiritual counseling interventions. Cognella Academic Publishing.

Psicología Latinx en Acción (PLENA) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Cristalís Capielo Rosario, PhD, Associate Professor

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

Description: Members of PLENA primarily focus on examining the intersectional causes of health disparities among Puerto Ricans migrants in the United States. Our research is frequently disseminated through peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, local and national media. The work produced by PLENA researchers has also been translated to policy recommendations shared with local and federal policy makers.

Student Participants: PLENA welcomes doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level student researchers.

Products (Selected articles):

  • Capielo Rosario, C., Mattwig, T., Hamilton, K. D., Wejrowski, B. (2023). Conceptualizing Puerto Rican migration to the United States. Current Opinion in Psychology. Available online, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2023.101584
  • Capielo Rosario, C., Abreu, R. L., Gonzalez, K. A., Adames, H. Y., & Grzanka, P. R. (2023). “What surprised me is that they try to humiliate me”: Conceptualizing the role of colonial power dynamics and logics in Puerto Rican postmigration experiences. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 11(1), 55-75. https://doi.org/10.1037/lat0000218
  • 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

Accepting PhD Students for 2024? Yes

R & R (Race and Relationships) Lab

Faculty Mentor: Lydia Ahn, PhD Assistant Professor

Email: LydiaAhn@asu.edu 

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 2024? Yes

Sex & Gender Lab

Faculty Mentor: Francisco “Cisco” J. Sánchez, PhD Associate 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 2024? 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., Eustice, K. L., Mintert, J. S., Lam, C. K., & Holzapfel, J.
    (2023). Perceptions of peer mental health: Impact of race and student-athlete
    . Journal of American College Health, 71(2), 626–638.
  • 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 2024? Yes