Judelysse Gomez received a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami, where she developed a passion for incorporating social justice in mental health treatment development and delivery.
Her work thus far has focused on examining how variables related to the socio-cultural context (e.g., acculturation, acculturative stress, discrimination, etc) impact the mental/behavioral health and treatment outcome of individuals of color. She has worked in collaboration with mentors and colleagues delivering culturally-competent cognitive behavioral treatment to Latin@ adults with post-traumatic stress and somatization disorders, and Latin@ adolescents and their families to reduce adolescent suicidality. She has also worked with detained unaccompanied undocumented immigrant youth from a positive youth development perspective.
Professor Gomez’s dissertation focused on examining the association among mindfulness, attention, avoidance and posttraumatic stress symptomatology among females with a sexual abuse history. Her post-doctoral work focused on understanding how alcohol misuse and dating violence influence depression and depression treatment outcome among dually diagnosed community-based adolescents. Her clinical and research experiences have offered her the opportunity to work with clients from a variety of socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, helping her develop skills that can be effectively applied in clinical and research settings from a strengths-based perspective.
Since starting at Connecticut College, Professor Gomez has been working on developing her program of research, which aims to reduce mental health disparities among community-based Latin@s. Specifically, she is interested in developing and testing a culturally responsive intervention targeting alcohol misuse treatment underutilization among community-based emerging adult Latinas who experience alcohol-related intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization. Currently, she is focused on developing sustainable community partnerships with the end goal of collecting qualitative and quantitative data among New London Latin@ community members to understand the socio-cultural variables that drive mental health disparities and inform treatment development.
Professor Gomez’s philosophy to her work centers on the understanding that individuals’ experiences are influenced by the contexts in which they are embedded. She is passionate about social justice and empowerment, which cuts across her clinical and research work, mentoring, and teaching. As such, she is committed to engaging in, and working with, communities from a community-based participatory framework to reduce mental health disparities. She is excited to provide this experience to interested students at Connecticut College.
Publications by Judelysse Gomez
- Polanco-Roman, L., Gomez, J., Miranda, R., & Jeglic, E. (2016). Stress-related symptoms and suicide ideation: The roles of depression and rumination vary by gender. Cognitive Therapy and Research,40, Online first.
- Gomez, J., Becker, S. J., O’Brien, K. & Spirito, A. (2015). Interactive effect of child maltreatment and substance use on depressed mood among adolescents presenting to community-based substance use treatment. Community Mental Health Journal, 51, 833-40.
- Spirito, A., O’Brien, K., Ranney, M., & Gomez, J. (2014). The evaluation and management of suicide risk in adolescents in the context of interpersonal violence. In The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Emergencies and Crises. Phillip Kleespies (Ed). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Perez Benitez, C.I., Zlotnick, C., Gomez, J., Rendon, M.J., & Swanson, A. (2013). Cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and somatization: An open trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 284-289.
- Gomez, J., Miranda, R., & Polanco, L. (2011). Acculturative stress, perceived discrimination, and vulnerability to suicide attempts among emerging adults. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1465-1476
Selected presentations by Judelysse Gomez
- Velez-Duarte, Y., Gomez, J., Moreno, O., & Hernandez, L. (2016, October). Trabajando con adolescentes latino/as en riesgo y sus familias. Paper to be presented at the 2016 Biennial National Latino Psychological Association Conference. Orlando, Florida.
- Gomez, J., Spirito, A., Wolff, J., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2015, June). Differential Relationships among Dating Violence Victimization Subtypes and Adolescent Alcohol Use/Misuse. Submitted to the 38th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism conference, San Antonio, Texas.
- Gomez, J., O’Brien K., Becker, S, J., Graves, H. & Spirito, A. (2014, November). Trauma Exposure and Adolescent Substance Use: Drinking as a Maladaptive Coping Mechanism. Poster Presented at the 48th Annual convention for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Gomez, J., Rendon, M. J., & Perez-Benitez, C.I. (2014, October). Culturally Adapting the Treatment Research Process: Recruitment, Retention, and Everything In Between. Oral presentation at the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture’s Diversity Challenge conference at Boston College. Boston, Mass.
- Gomez, J. (2014, March). Exploring the Association Between Mindfulness and Post-traumatic Stress Symptom Severity among Females Who Have Been Sexually Traumatized. Presented at the Anxiety and Depression: Personalized Treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Conference. Chicago, Illinois.
- Gomez, J., Miranda, R., (2011, August). Acculturative Stress, Perceived Discrimination, and Risk for Suicidal Ideation and Attempts Among College Students. Paper Symposium at the 2011 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
- Gomez, J., Triarhos-Suchlicki, S., (2011, March). Generating dialogues: Emerging, Merging, and Nurturing Feminist Work in Counseling Training and Practice. Structured Roundtable Discussion presented at the Association of Women in Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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