José Manuel González Vera

José Manuel’s research interests involve improving the psychological well-being of undocumented people. There are many factors that negatively impact the mental health of this community, such as deportation, exploitation, and dehumanization. Yet, mental health care is not easily accessible to them. Through his research, José Manuel plans to make psychological interventions more easily accessible to undocumented people.

José Manuel is a doctoral student at Utah State University, working under the mentorship of Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodríguez. His passion for working with the undocumented community stems from his work with the Latinx community, his review of literature on undocumented Latinxs, and his own experience as an undocumented Mexicano. He hopes to foster a culture of health by taking a strength-based approach to research on undocumented people.


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