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2810 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322


The Culture & Mental Health Lab is currently comprised of graduate students in the combined Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology doctoral program at Utah State University and undergraduate students in the Psychology Department. Lab members are engaged in independent research in an interdependent context. Project content is in parenting, cultural values, microaggressions, and evidence-based interventions. Students are expected to be productive as a result of independent motivation and commitment, engaged mentoring, and proactive collaboration and support from a talented peer group as well as from family and loved ones.

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University; she began her appointment at USU in 2000. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez has mentored 9 undergraduate honors theses, 13 master's theses, and 17 doctoral dissertations to completion. She is committed to providing excellent mentorship (see mentorship statement here). Dr. Domenech Rodríguez's research focuses on family processes in Spanish-speaking Latino families. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez has been actively engaged in programs of research in Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, St. Louis, México and Puerto Rico. 

In Oregon, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez collaborated with Iris Educational Media to develop and implement Padres Preparados, a preventive parenting intervention for Spanish-speaking parents of preschool aged children. Padres Preparados is a Parent Management Training - Oregon (PMTO) model informed intervention. This project was possible due to Dr. Domenech Rodríguez’s prior research on the work culturally adapt, implement, and evaluate a PMTO intervention for Latino parents in northern Utah. She was Principal Investigator on the NIMH K01 grant that resulted in Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonia y Superación (CAPAS). CAPAS and/or CAPAS-based interventions have been implemented in Mexico City (Amador Buenabad, PI) and Michigan (Parra-Cadona, PI).

In Idaho, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez collaborates with colleagues on a Heath Resources and Services Administration grant. The project, Pipeline to Diversity, seeks to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse students into the Physician Assistant Studies program at Idaho State University. Pipeline to Diversity also targets linguistic and cultural competence of currently enrolled students with the ultimate goal of improving access to medical services for marginalized populations.    

In St. Louis, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez collaborated on a pilot project to implement PMTO training in university settings using distance education technology (Baumann, PI) with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable model for dissemination of evidence-based interventions. 

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez actively participates in activities that provide service to the profession. She is Past President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association. She is currently President of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. On the Utah State University campus, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board. She is also a proud "Ally on Campus" and participates in community events ranging from peaceable assemblies to proactive community education in the service of advancing social justice. 

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is a licensed psychologist. She obtained her doctoral degree at Colorado State University in 1999. There she trained at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Family Research Consortium-III at the University of Washington under the joint mentorship of Drs. Ana Mari Cauce and Marion Forgatch. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Logan, UT.

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