Higher Education + Queering Academia: What Do LGBTQ Students Need to Feel Safe in Higher Education?
Hosted by Claremont resident Roberto Munoz, Dr. James Garcia, Assistant Professor of Psychology from the University of La Verne discusses what LGBTQ students need to feel safe in higher education.
Assistant Professor of Psychology; received his Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of North Texas in 2017. Dr. García completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health/Rehabilitation Neuropsychology at Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare. He has published work in bio-behavioral and psychosocial factors in cardiovascular diseases and health disparities. Currently, Dr. García is centering his research interests on the health and health disparities of LGBT People of Color (PoC). Dr. García is designated core doctoral faculty, but teaches courses in the undergraduate Psychology program and is a lecturer in the University of La Verne’s Physician Assistant Program.
As a scientist, Dr. Garcia is interested in bio-behavioral, psychosocial, and healthcare factors involved in racial/ethnic and LGBT health and health disparities, with a focus on cardiovascular diseases (including stroke). He uses experimental studies and hospital-based data to examine these factors. To date, he directs a cardiovascular health and health disparities research lab (named the Psychophysiology and Social Interactions [PSI] Laboratory) and gained access to medical rehabilitation outcome data from Casa Colina Hospital. Furthermore, he contributes to the training of diverse graduate students in the psychology graduate training pipeline.
His research program specifically focuses on: 1) racial/ethnic cardiovascular health and health disparities, 2) racial/ethnic disparities in physical medicine and rehabilitation outcomes, 3) intersectional (i.e., racial/ethnic LGBT) health and health disparities.