Current Scholar

Andrew S. Arriaga

PhD Student, Counseling Psychology
Andrew S. Arriaga
Academic Institution: University of Texas at Austin Location: Austin, Texas Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism, Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Education Policy, Health Policy, Family and Social Support, Health Care Access, Health Care Education and Training, Health Care Quality, Health Disparities, Life and Behavioral Skills Training, Patient-Centered Care, Public and Community Health, Public Policy, Social Determinants of Health, Substance Abuse Treatments, Substance Use
Populations Served: Adolescents, African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino, Homeless, LGBTQ Communities, Low-Income Communities, Men's Health, Parents and Families, People Living with HIV/AIDS, People with Addictions, Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Rural Populations, Single Parents, Youth

FOCUS
Andrew’s research is motivated by a desire to see equitable health and wellness services integrated more prominently in marginalized communities. His work seeks to particularly explore cultural factors related to help-seeking behaviors and health disparities among sexual and gender minority individuals of color—a population that has long faced adverse health outcomes and significant health care mistreatment. Andrew believes that a move toward health equity begins with a willingness to work collaboratively with underserved communities to identify the prominent barriers to healthy living that they face daily. He ultimately aspires to utilize his scholarship in psychology, cultural identity development, and social justice to contribute to public health efforts that are collaborative, advocacy-based, and action-oriented.

MORE ABOUT ANDREW
Andrew is a counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his BA in Culture, Identity, and the Arts from New York University in 2009. Andrew’s passion for promoting the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ individuals has been greatly informed by his life experiences as a gay Latino youth growing up in rural and traditional Texas Panhandle communities. He draws from training in psychology, community advocacy experience, and collaboration with public service and health professionals to understand the social and systemic mechanisms that can both adversely influence health outcomes and promote greater quality of life across diverse communities.

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