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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
11:00 a.m.–3:45 p.m.


Adelphi University
University Center Ballroom

Psychology Day 2018: Breaking New Ground in Diversity Research

All are welcome! Come celebrate psychology and learn what the Adelphi Psychology program has to offer.

Please join us in bringing the Derner School of Psychology family together on a day to celebrate psychology and our community, while teaching current and future students what Derner offers.

At the event, we will hear from keynote speaker, Dr. Eric M. Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Social Science Department at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on identity conflict and integration as they relate to religiosity/spirituality, sexual orientation and identity development. Dr. Rodriguez will present an overview of his seminal LGBTQ identity research as well as the future of diversity research in psychology in his talk, “Breaking New Ground in Diversity Research: The Trials & Joys.” The event will also feature a faculty panel discussion on integrating diversity and social justice conversations into psychological research, a breakout student discussion led by Adelphi graduate students as well as a showcase of Derner research focusing on diversity, prejudice and resilience.


11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon

Faculty Panel Discussion: “Psychological Research: A Tool for Development & Change”                   

We invite you to hear faculty experts in the field answers questions such as: What inspires your research? What research challenges have you faced and how have you addressed them? How would you like to see diversity research in psychology develop over the next decade? What strategies do you use to develop applied research studies and clinical/community interventions? What advice would you like to share with students that are planning to pursue professions in psychology? How do you think your research contributes to the Derner community’s emphasis upon diversity?

Faculty Panelists: Jairo Fuertes, Ph.D., Jennifer Durham, Ph.D., Carolyn Springer, Ph.D., Chana Etengoff, Ph.D.

12:00 noon–1:00 p.m. Derner Research Showcase & Lunch
1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Eric M. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology in the Social Science Department at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech, CUNY)
2:30 p.m.–2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

Student Discussions: Clinical Diversity Dialogues

Meet with our Derner graduate students to learn more about their clinical training experiences with diverse populations. Derner graduate students will discuss their case presentations with Adelphi undergraduates at this event.

Keynote Speaker

Eric M. Rodriguez (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, 2006) is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Social Science Department at the New York City College of Technology. Prior to coming to City Tech, Dr. Rodriguez worked as an HIV/AIDS activist and leader in New York City for over fifteen years, including a six-year stint at Body Positive, Inc. – first as a Board Member and then as Executive Director. Dr. Rodriguez currently serves as Church Council President and Parish Deacon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Astoria, New York. Drawing on his ongoing interest in the Psychology of Religion, Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the concepts of identity conflict and integration as they relate to religiosity/spirituality, sexual orientation and identity development.

Keynote  Abstract

Breaking New Ground in Diversity Research: The Trials and Joys

Eric M. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Keynote Address Abstract for Adelphi University’s Psychology Day, November 7, 2018

In his early research on lesbian and gay people of faith, Dr. Rodriguez wrote how psychology was in the midst of a significant paradigm shift (e.g., Rodriguez & Ouellette, 2000; Rodriguez 2006; Rodriguez, 2010). He argued that psychologists needed to move beyond studying religious attitudes toward “homosexuals” and “homosexuality” and instead explore sexual minorities as religious and spiritual beings in their own right. And the field responded. Not only has there been a significant increase over the past twenty+ years in the number of qualitative and quantitate research studies investigating the intersection of sexual orientation and religious belief, but, there has also been a dramatic expansion regarding the variety and types of experiences explored. Working with his longtime collaborators and co-authors Dr. Michelle Vaughan from Wright State University, and Adelphi’s own Dr. Chana Etengoff, Dr. Rodriguez expanded his research into three distinct new directions which continue to address the gaps in the literature: 1) including the experiences of bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals (i.e., adding the B, T and I back into LGBTQAI), 2) incorporating key concepts from positive psychology and 3) testing his theoretical ideas in other religions, including Islam and Judaism. In his keynote address, Dr. Rodriguez will discuss the past, present and future of his ongoing research on sexual and gender minority people of faith and will draw upon his work, as well as his personal identities as a gay, HIV+, half-Hispanic, Lutheran, parish deacon and church council president, to inform a discussion regarding new pathways of diversity and social justice research in psychology.

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For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800