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Nadine Nakamura

Nadine Nakamura

Associate Professor, Psychology

Main: (909) 448-4182
Hoover Building / La Verne 209

Associate Professor of Psychology; received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University in 2007. She was then a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, San Diego and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her research interests  fall broadly into the areas multiculturalism and intersectionality and include immigration, HIV, and ethnic and sexual minority health and mental health. Dr. Nakamura is a licensed psychologist and designated as core doctoral faculty. She has taught courses in the areas of multicultural psychology, psychopathology, and human development.

Dr. Nakamura’s current research interests relate to understanding how culture impacts behavior and how marginalized populations adapt and cope. In particular, she is committed to understanding the unique needs of multiple minorities (e.g. LGBT people of color, LGBT immigrants) as reflected by her research. Her primary research interests are with LGBT immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as LGBT international issues. She is currently conducting several studies on same-sex binational couples (with one partner who is a U.S. citizen and one who is not). A second line of research relates to health risk-related behaviors, including HIV-risk related behaviors among ethnic minority men who have sex with men, as well as substance abuse in minority populations. This research examines ways in which social oppression impacts HIV risk and substance use behaviors.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., George Washington University

Publications

Recent Publications:

  • Nakamura, N. & Morales, A. (2016). The criminalization of transgender immigrants. In Furman, R., Ackerman, A., & Lamphear, G. (Eds.) The Immigrant Other: Lived Experiences in a Transnational World. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2015). Immigrants in same-sex binational relationships under DOMA. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 12-21.
  • Zea, M. C. & Nakamura, N.  (2014). Sexual Orientation.  In F.T.L. Leong, L. Comas-Diaz,   G. Nagayama Hall, V. McLoyd, & J. Trimble, (Eds).  APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology: Theory and Research. Washington DC:  American Psychological Association.
  • Maung Maung, T., Chen, B., Moore, D.M., Chan, K., Kanter, S., Michelow, W. Hogg, R., Nakamura, N., Robert, W., Gustafson, R., & Gilbert, M. (2013). Risks for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among Asian men who have sex with men in Vancouver, British Columbia: A cross-sectional survey, BMC Public Health, 13, 763-770.
  • Nakamura, N., Chan, E., & Fischer, B. (2013). “Hard to Crack”: Experiences of community integration among first and second generation Asian MSM in Canada. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, (3), 248-256.
  • Nakamura, N., Tummala-Narra, P., & Zarate, M. (2013). Expanding our borders: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology’s Special Issue on Immigration. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, (3), 233-235.
  • Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2013). Understanding the experiences of immigrant sexual minority women through a cultural identity model. Women & Therapy, 36 (3-4), 252-267.
  • Kassan, A. & Nakamura, N. (2013). “This was my only option”: Career transitions of same-sex binational couples immigrating to Canada. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7, 154-171.
  • Nakamura, N. & Pope, M. (2013). Borders and margins: Giving voice to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrant experiences. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7, 122-124
  • Zea, M. C. & Nakamura, N.  (2013). Sexual Orientation.  In F.T.L. Leong, L. Comas-Diaz, G. Nagayama Hall, V. McLoyd, & J. Trimble, (Eds).  APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology:  Theory and Research. Washington DC:  American Psychological Association.
  • Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Urbanoski, K., Rush, B., & Rehm, J. (2012). Correlations between population levels of prescription opioid use and prescription opioid related substance use treatment admissions in the US and Canada since 2001. Public Health, 126,749-751.
  • Nakamura, N., Dawe, M., McGuire, F., Rudzinski, K., Jones, W., Rehm, J., & Fischer, B. (2011). Gender differences in cannabis use related characteristics in high frequency using Canadian university students: An exploratory study. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 10, 81-93.
  • Ivsins, A., Roth, E., Nakamura, N., Krajden, M., & Fischer, B. (2011). Uptake, benefits of and barriers to safer crack use kit (SCUK) distribution programs in Victoria, Canada – a qualitative exploration. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22, 292-300.
  • Nakamura, N., Semple, S.J., Strathdee, S.A., & Patterson, T.L. (2011). HIV risk profiles among HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with both men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 793-801.
  • Nakamura, N., Ialomiteanu, A., Rehm, J., &  Fischer, B. (2011). Prevalence and characteristics of substance use among Chinese and South Asians in Canada. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 10, 39-47.
  • Nakamura, N., Mausbach, B.T., Ulibarri, M.D., Semple, S.J., & Patterson, T.L. (2011).Methamphetamine use, attitudes about condoms, and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 267–272.
  • Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Ialomiteanu, A., Boak, A., & Rehm, J. (2010). Assessing the prevalence of non-medical prescription opioid use in the general Canadian population: Methodological issues and questions. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 55, 606-609.
  • Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Rush, B., Rehm, J., & Urbanoski, K. (2010). Changes in characteristics of admissions to treatment related to problematic prescription opioid use in Ontario, 2004-2009. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109, 257-260.
  • Nakamura, N. & Zea, M.C. (2010). Experiences of homonegativity and sex under the influence of drugs in a sample of Latino gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 12, 73-85.
  • Nakamura, N., Semple, S.J., Strathdee, S.A., & Patterson, T.L. (2009). Methamphetamine initiation among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. AIDS Care, 21, 1176-1184.
  • Rice, T., & Nakamura, N. (2009). Bridging the margins: Exploring sexual orientation and multiple heritage identities . In Henriksen, R., & Palladino, D. (Eds.).  Counseling Multiple Heritage Individuals, Couples, and Families. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Nakamura, N., Flojo, J.R., & Dittrich, M. (2009). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual Asian Americans: Coming out in context. In Chin, J.L. (Ed.). Diversity in Mind and in Action. (pp 33-45). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

 

Recent Presentations:

  • Nakamura, N., Li, C-I, Hsu, L.J., LeMartine, S., & Peak, A. (2016, August). Impact of U.S. immigration law on same-sex binational couples under DOMA. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Nakamura, N.  (2016, August). Expanding our cultural understandings of gender diversity and sexual orientation using an intersectional lens. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Khera, G.S. & Nakamura, N. (2016, August). Substance use, gender, and generation status among Asian Indians in the United States. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Nakamura, N.  (2016, June). LGBT mental health: Universal truths or culturally specific realities?  Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, BC.
  • Nakamura, N.  (2016, June). The immigration experience of a same-sex binational couple: A case study. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Victoria, BC.
  • Kassan, A. & Nakamura, N. (2015, August). Immigration challenges of individuals in same-sex binational relationships under DOMA.Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Nakamura, N. & Tsong, Y. (2015, August). Mental health impacts on individuals in same-sex binational relationships in the United States. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Morales, A. & Nakamura, N. (2015, August). The criminalization of Latina transgender immigrants: A case study. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Nakamura, N. (2015, March). United by Love, Divided by Law: Same-sex Binational Couples and the Impact of DOMA. Invited Presentation at Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology, Claremont, CA.
  • Kassan, A., Nakamura, N., & Suehn, M. (2014, June). “I was just happy because I knew I could put my suitcase in the closet and I was home”: Same-sex binational couples and resiliency. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Assouline, S., Leclerc, S., Shamariyeva, P., Aoun, A., & Nakamura, N. (2013, July).  “Stepping Out of the Shadows”: Experiences of Same-Sex Binational Couples. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Suehn, M., Kassan, A., & Nakamura, N. (2013, June). Life after migration: The Canada integration of immigrants in same-sex bi-national relationships. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Québec City, QC, Canada.
  • Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2013, January). Career challenges and transitions for same-sex binational couples who immigrate to Canada. Symposium presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston, TX.
  • Nakamura, N. (2013, January). Immigration at the crossroads: Setting directions for practice, education, and research. Symposium presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston, TX.
  • Nakamura, N. (2013, January). Risk and resiliency in negotiating multiple minority identities. Discussant. Symposium presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston, TX.
  • Suárez-Orozco, C., Zárate, M., Casas, J.M., Nakamura, N., Tummala-Narra, U., & Yoshikawa, H. (2011, August). Humanizing the dehumanized: Psychological implications of the immigration experience. Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Nakamura, N. (2011, August). Borders and margins: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrant experiences. Chair and Discussant. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Kassan, A. & Nakamura, N. (2011, August). Understanding the immigration experiences of same-sex binational couples. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Nakamura, N., Ialomiteanu, A., Rehm, J., &  Fischer, B. (2011, August). Prevalence and characteristics of substance use among Chinese and South Asians in Canada. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Nakamura, N. (2011, January). Risk and resiliency among LGBT people of color: Linking science and practice. Co-chair. Symposium presented at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Seattle, WA.
  • Nakamura, N. (2010, August). Lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender immigration issues. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Nakamura, N. (2010, August). HIV risk among men who have sex with men and women. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Kim, G. S., & Nakamura, N. (2010, August). AAPA Leadership: Reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. Symposium presented at the Asian American Psychological Association annual convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Nakamura, N. (2009, August). Research implications: Intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Discussant. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  • Nakamura, N., Semple, S.J., Strathdee, S.A., & Patterson, T.L. (2008, October). Methamphetamine initiation among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Urban Health, Vancouver, BC.
  • Nakamura, N. (2008, August). Experiences of homonegativity and sexual risk behavior in a sample of Latino gay and bisexual men. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
  • Nakamura, N., Mausbach, B.T., Ulibarri, M.D., & Patterson, T.L. (2008, August). Methamphetamine use, condom attitudes, and sexual risk among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.
  • Nakamura, N. & Zea, M.C. (2007, August). Experiences of discrimination, internalized homonegativity and HIV-risk related behavior. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.