Em Matsuno

Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0811

Biography

Em Matsuno is an assistant professor in counseling and counseling psychology. Their research interests focus on trans and nonbinary minority stress and resilience using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Their main goal is to develop and test interventions to decease negative mental health outcomes and increase wellbeing among trans and nonbinary people. Dr. Matsuno will be taking at least one PhD student this application cycle. 

Education

PhD University of California, Santa Barbara

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Research Interests

As a researcher, I develop, test, and implement psychological interventions that support the well-being of trans and nonbinary (TNB) people. My work 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, my research goals are to 1) Identify the minority stressors and resilience factors that TNB people experience, 2) Create and validate psychological measures of minority stressors and resilience for TNB people 3) Examine the pathways between minority stressors, resilience factors, and mental health outcomes for TNB people and 4) Develop and test interventions to reduce minority stressors and/or increase resilience factors for TNB populations. 

Publications

Selected publications: 

  • Bettergarcia, J., Matsuno, E., & Conover, K. J. (in press). A systemic review of LGBQ+ cultural competence trainings for mental health professionals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.
  •  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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1550428X.2020.1868369
  • Matsuno, E., Goodman, J.A., Israel, T., Choi, A., Lin, Y., & Karry, K. (2020).  L or G or B or T: Matching Sexual and Gender Minorities with Sub-population Specific Interventions. Journal of Homosexuality, 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2020.1819714
  • Israel, T., Matsuno, E., Choi, A.Y., Goodman, J. A., Lin, Y., Kary, K., Merrill, C. (2020). Development and Efficacy of an Online Intervention to Reduce Internalized Transnegativity. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000447
  • Matsuno, E., Dominguez, S., Waagen, T., Roberts, N., Hashtpari, H. (2020) The importance of empowering nonbinary psychology trainees and guidelines on how to do so. The Behavior Therapist, 137-143.
  • Matsuno, E. (2019). Non-binary 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
  • Matsuno, E., Budge, S. (2017). Non-binary gender identities: a critical review of the literature. Current Sexual Health Reports, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11930-017-0111-8

Research Activity

Ongoing research studies

The Enby Project: Understanding stress and resilience among nonbinary people.

Role - Priniciple Investigator

Description: The Enby Project is a research project with both qualitative and quantitative phases. The study aims to identify the unique types of minority stressors that nonbinary people experience and what helps them manage those stressors, with the ultimate goal of adapting the minority stress model and developing and validating the first nonbinary minority stress and resilience scale.

Efficacy of the Parent Support Program, an Online Intervention to Increase Supportive Behaviors Among Parents of Trans Youth.

Role - Priniciple Investigator

Description: This randomized controlled trial aims to evaluate the efficacy of an online intervention aimed at changing parental knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to supporting their transgender child. 

Breaking Barriers: Understanding challenges faced by trans and nonbinary students in counseling psychology programs

Role - Priniciple Investigator

Description: This qualitative study examines semi-structured interviews of 16 trans and nonbinary students in counseling psychology programs to understand the challenges they face and the ways counseling psychology programs can create more affirming and supportive environments. 

Gender Kaleidoscope Study 

Role - Investigator

Description: The longitudinal study focuses on relationships between gender identity and expression, sexual identity, relationships, well-being, stressors and resilience among diverse LGBTQ+ people. We collected data from 473 ethnically and racially diverse LGBTQ+ adults in October/November 2019 and followed up with these participants again in April/May 2020 and April 2021 to examine changes in well-being over time in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

LGBTQ+ Experiences During COVID-19

Role - Investigator

Description: The LGBTQ+ Experiences During COVID-19 study is a cross-sectional, mixed methods online survey of LGBTQ+ adults living in the U.S. Data were collected online from over 900 individuals during the month of April 2020. Questions examined psychosocial changes, health and mental health, and LGBTQ+-specific issues and concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

LGBTQ Clinical Academy Project

Role - Investigator

Description: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a 4-month, 40-hour intensive training aimed at increasing LGBTQ+ cultural competence among mental health providers.

SLO ACCEPTance Project: Affirming Cultural Competence Education & Provider Training: Offering Innovative Solutions to Increased LGBTQ Mental Health Care Access.

Role - Investigator

Description: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a 9-month, 40-hour intensive training aimed at increasing LGBTQ+ cultural competence among mental health providers.

Simulated Conversation Training for Mental Healthcare Providers to Improve Care for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Individuals.

Role - Research Consultant

Description: The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of an online training protocol aimed at increasing trans affirming counseling skills.

Courses

Summer 2022
Course Number Course Title
CED 599 Thesis
Spring 2022
Course Number Course Title
CPY 701 Science/Practice Counsel Psych
Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
CED 545 Analysis of the Individual

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