department of psychology

306 Chafee Hall, 142 Flagg Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2193 (p); 401.874.2157 (f)

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Jasmine Mena

  • Assistant Professor
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Phone: 401.874.2665
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  • Mailing Address: Chafee 309


Dr. Mena plans on accepting up to two students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Dr. Mena’s primary areas of research lie within the areas of multicultural and health psychology. Her scholarly activity considers the influence of multiple determinants of health including intrapersonal factors (e.g., identity development, resilience), environmental forces (e.g., discrimination), and the confluence of physical and mental health concerns among vulnerable and underserved populations, She is also interested in the teaching/training strategies necessary to produce a positive change in professional practices and communities including mental health interpreter training and the development of cultural competence.


Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
M.A., University of Rhode Island
B.A., Rhode Island College


Vaccaro, A. & Mena, J. A. (in press)“I’ve struggled, I’ve battled”: Invisibility microaggressions experienced by women of color at a predominately White institution. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.

Mena, J. A. (in press). “I love my work, but this is not my life”: Women of color in the academy. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.

Mena, J. A., & Vaccaro, A. (2014). Role modeling community engagement for college students: Narratives from women faculty and staff of color. In S. V. Iverson & J. H. James, (Eds.), Feminist Community Engagement: Achieving Praxis. Pelgrave.

Mena, J. A., & Saucier, P. K. (2014). “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”: Nina Simone’s Africana Womanis. Journal of Black Studies, 45(3), 247-265. doi: 10.1177/0021934714528512.

Mena, J.A., & Vaccaro, A. (2013) Tell me you love me no matter what: Relationships and self-esteem among LGBQ young adults. Journal of GLBT Family Studies. 9(1), 3-23. doi: 10.1080/1550428X.2013.746052

Mena, J. A. (2011). Latino Parent Home-based Practices that Bolster Student Academic Persistence. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. 33(4), 490-506.*

Vaccaro A., & Mena, J.A. (2011). It’s not only burnout, it’s more: Queer college activists of color and mental health. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15, 339-367

Florin, P., Celebucki, C., Stevenson, J., Mena, J., Salgado, D., & White, A., Harvey, B., Dougal, M. (2006). Cultivating systematic capacity: The Rhode Island tobacco control enhancement project. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38 (3-4), 213-20.

*Most-read May 2012 – 11/50.

Professional Interests

Dr. Mena’s professional interests lie in the delivery of culturally competent psychotherapy services to adults, couples, and families; Spanish language psychotherapy services; and supervision of students through a cultural lens.

Graduate Student Research

Joseph, E. (2017, expected). Impact of multiracial ethnic identity on emerging adult alcohl and marijuana use. Doctoral Dissertation.

Rodriguez, I. (2017, expected). Iinternalized oppression and the physical and mental health of sexual and racial/ethnic minority individuals: Is resilience a moderator? Masters Thesis.

Berwise, C. (2018, expected). Assessing the influence of Black racial identity on perceived discrimination and professional success. Masters Thesis.

Darosh, A. (2019, expected). Doctoral dissertation to be determined.

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