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Nadine Nakamura

Nadine Nakamura

Associate Professor, Psychology

Main: (909) 448-4182
Hoover Building / La Verne 223

Associate Professor of Psychology; received her BA in Psychology with a specialization in Asian American Studies from UCLA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University in 2007. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the UC Irvine Counseling Center. 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, human development, and practicum.

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. She has published over 30 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. She co-edited book, LGBT Mental Health: International Perspectives and Experiences.

Dr. Nakamura was awarded the APA Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) HIV/AIDS Research Award, the APA MFP Dissertation Award, as well as the APA Minority Fellowship Postdoctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Award.  She was awarded the APA MFP Early Career Achievement Award in 2014 and the National Multicultural Conference and Summit’s Rising Star Award in 2017. She served on the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration andthe APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. She is co-chair of the APA LGB Guidelines Revisions Task Force, co-chair of the Asian American Psychological Association’s Leadership Fellows Program and a member of the APA MFP Training Advisory Committee.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., George Washington University

Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book:

  1. Nakamura, N. & Logie, C. (2019). LGBTQ Mental Health: International Perspectives and Experiences. Washington, D.C.: The American Psychological Association

Peer reviewed articles:

  1. Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (in press). Living in exile: The experiences of individuals in same-sex binational relationships in Latin America. Journal of Homosexuality. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1624453
  2. Barnett, A. P., del Río-González, A. M., Parchem, B., Pinho, V., Aguayo-Romero, R., Nakamura, N., … & Zea, M. C. (2019). Content analysis of psychological research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color in the United States: 1969–2018. American Psychologist, 74(8), 898-911.
  3. Nakamura, N. & Tsong, Y. (2019). Perceived stress, psychological functioning, and resilience among individuals in same-sex binational relationships. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 6,175-181.
  4. Tran, N., Nakamura, N., Kim, G. S., Khera, G. S., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2018). #APIsforBlackLives: Unpacking the interracial discourse on the Asian American Pacific Islander and Black communities. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4, 73-84.
  5. Khera, G.S. & Nakamura, N. (2018). Examining substance use prevalence among first and second generation Asian Indians in the United States. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17,291-302.
  6. Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2017). Resilience and migration: The experiences of same-sex binational couples in Canada. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 29, 201-219.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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     Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 793-801.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.

Peer-Reviewed Book Contributions:

  1. Nakamura, N. (in press). LGBT immigrant families. In Goldberg, A. & Allen, K. (Eds.) LGBT-Parent Families: Innovations in Research & Implications for Practice. New York, NY: Springer.
  2. Skinta, M.D. & Nakamura, N. (in press). Resilience and identity: Intersectional migration experiences of LGBTQ people of color. In Tummala-Nara, U. (Ed.) Racial Minority Immigrants and Trauma in the United States. Washington, D.C.: The American Psychological Association
  3. Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2017). Gender and Immigration. In Nadal, K. L., Mazzula, S. L., & Rivera, D. P. (Eds.) The Sage Encyclopedia on Psychology and Gender. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  4. Nieves, K., Rohrbeck, C., Nakamura, N., & Zea, M.C. (2016). LGBTQ people and communities. In Bond, M.A., Keys, C.B., & Serrano-García, I. (Eds.) APA Handbook of Community Psychology. Washington DC:  American Psychological Association.
  5. 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. (pp. 48-61). New York: Columbia University Press
  6. Zea, M. C. & Nakamura, N. (2014). Sexual Orientation.  In F.T.L. Leong, L. Comas-Diaz, Nagayama Hall, V. McLoyd, & J. Trimble, (Eds).  APA Handbook of Multicultural   Psychology:  Theory and Research. Washington DC:  American Psychological      Association. 

RECENT REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

  1. Dispenza, F., Nakamura, N., Pantalone, D., Abreu, R., Vencill, J., Canillas, G., Ollen, E.W., & Gormley, B. (2019, August). Guidelines for Psychological Practice with LGB Clients: A Conversation with the Revisions Task Force. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  2. LaMartine, S., Burke, S., Gardner, M., Keskin, Y., & Nakamura, N. (2019, August). Defining sexual satisfaction: Heterosexual and sexual minority women’s perspectives. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  3. Renteria, R. & Nakamura, N. (2019, August). Mentorship in action: Psychodrama portrayals of mentorship with queer students of color. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  4. Nakamura, N. & Tsong, Y. (2019, January). Stress, psychological functioning, and resiliency among individuals in same-sex binational relationships. Poster presentation at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Denver, CO.
  5. Tran, N., Kim, G.S., Nakamura, N., & Khera, G.S. (2019, January). Examining the systemic puppeteering of Asian Americans to support White supremacy. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Denver, CO.
  6. Tran, N., Kim, G.S., AhnAllen, J., Nakamura, N., & Khera, G.S. (2018, August). Reclaiming our stories in our own voices: Asian American Pacific Islander positionality in race dialogues. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  7. Estrellado, J., Nakamura, N., Kim, S., Felipe, L., & Breen, A. (2018, August). Queering parenting in API communities. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  8. Nakamura, N. (2018, August). Psychologists responding to the needs of immigrants in the context of sociopolitical hostility. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  9. Nakamura, N. (2018, August). Identification of intragroup discrimination and microaggressions among Black and Latino men. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  10. Nakamura, N. (2018, August). Mentorship in action: A psychodrama approach to mentorship within the QPOC community. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  11. Tran, N., Nakamura, N., AhnAllen, J., Khera, G.S., & Kim, G.S. (2017, October). Between a rock and a hard place: Carving out Asian American Pacific Islander positionality in the race dialogue. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  12. Wong-Padoongpatt, G., Saw, A., Lee, M., Tran, N., & Nakamura, N. (2017, October). How to ally: Minimizing gaps in marginalized realities. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  13. Rider, N., Kim., S., Nakamura, N., La Rosa, K.P.U., & Cheng, J. (2017, October). From marginalization to empowerment: Claiming space for LGBTQQ Asian American Pacific Islanders. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the annual meeting of the Asian American Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  14. **Peak, A., **LaMartine, S., Li, C-I, & Nakamura, N. (2017, August). Same-sex binational couples address ways to stay together. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  15. Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2017, August). Living in exile: Experiences of individuals in same-sex binational relationships in Latin America. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  16. Nakamura, N., Krishnan, M., & Rodriguez, A. (2017, January). From noun to verb: Effective allying. Difficult Dialogue presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.
  17. **LaMartine, S., **Peak, A., Li, C-I, & Nakamura, N. (2017, January). Planning for the future in times of uncertainty: Same-sex binational couples under DOMA. Poster presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.
  18. Kassan , A. & Nakamura, N. (2017, January). Forced out? The experiences of individuals in same-sex binational relationships living in Asia. Poster presentation at the biannual meeting of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, OR.
  19. Nakamura, N., Li, C-I, **Hsu, L.J., **LaMartine, 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Nakamura, N. (2015, August). Giving voice to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrant experiences in the United States. Chair. Symposium presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Co-chair, APA Task Force for Revising the Professional Practice Guidelines for Working with LGB Clients, 2018-2020
Member, American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program’ Training Advisory Committee, 2019-2021
Co-chair, Asian American Psychological Association’s Leadership Fellows Program, 2018 – present
Committee Member, American Psychological Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2017-2019