David Zelaya

Academic Title

  • Assistant Professor, Psychology

Administrative Support

  • Moderating and mediating variables in the relationship between discrimination and mental health and substance use
  • Health disparities in marginalized populations (e.g., Trans folk)
  • Cultural competency in psychotherapy with Spanish speaking Latinx populations
  • Measurement evaluation and validation

­­If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.                                                  -Lilla Watson

 My research focuses on addressing health disparities among individuals living at the “margins of the margins” (e.g., women of color, sexual and gender minority people of color, people of color living with HIV), whose experiences have been underrepresented and overlooked due to intersectional invisibility. My research program focuses on the following: 1) further examining the links (i.e., moderating and mediating constructs) between discrimination and mental health among groups with multiple marginalized identities (e.g., queer people of color, undocumented people, trans folk), 2) exploring the role of cultural humility and microaggressions within a therapeutic context among marginalized groups, and 3) translating and evaluating the measurement of psychological constructs with Spanish-speaking Latinx populations.

  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology Georgia State University
  • Pre-doctoral Health Service Psychology Internship Latino Mental Health Program/Gender and Sexuality Clinic/Adult Acute Services track Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance
  • M.Ed. Human Development Lehigh University
  • B.S. Psychology Loyola University New Orleans
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Minority Stress
  • Intersectionality 
  • Cultural humility and Multicultural competency
  • Psychometric evaluation

Chadwick, C., Zelaya, D.G., & DeBlaere, C. (2018). Even though HIV seroconversion rates are decreasing in the United States, why are they increasing for black and Latino men? In C. Stewart (Ed.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans at Risk: Problems and Solutions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. 

Zelaya, D. G., & DeBlaere, C. (2017). Gay men and feminism. In K. Nadal, S. Mazzula, & D. Rivera  (Ed.), The SAGEEncyclopedia of Psychology and Gender.Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

DeBlaere, C., Chadwick, C., Zelaya, D.G.,Bowie, J., Fann, M., & Finzi-Smith, Z (2017). The feminist identity composite: a confirmatory factor analysis with sexual minority women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(1), 20-31. doi:10.1177/0361684316676046

Watson, L., DeBlaere, C., Langrehr, K., Zelaya, D.G., &Flores, M. (2016). The influence of multiple oppressions on women of color’s experiences with insidious trauma. Journal of CounselingPsychology,63(6), 656-667. doi:10.1037/cou0000165

  • Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Psychological Association (APA), Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2016-2018
  • Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant, Graduate Research Grant, Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, 2018
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Counseling and Psychological Services, Georgia State University, 2018
  • Student Research Award, Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity (SERD), Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), American Psychology Association (APA), 2017
  • Social Justice Award, Student Affiliates of Division Seventeen, Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP), 2016