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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 students to completion on 9 undergraduate honors theses, 13 master's theses, and 19 doctoral dissertations. She is committed to providing excellent mentorship (see mentorship statement here). Dr. Domenech Rodríguez's research focuses on cultural adaptations of evidence-based parenting interventions, parenting, and cultural competence. 

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez’s cultural adaptation of parenting interventions began with an NIMH K01 grant to culturally adapt, implement, and evaluate a GenerationPMTO intervention for Latino parents in northern Utah. The original manual for Latinx parents is Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonía y Superación (CAPAS). CAPAS and/or CAPAS-based interventions have been implemented in Mexico City (Amador Buenabad, PI) and Michigan (Parra-Cadona, PI). In addition, 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. In addition. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez collaborated on a pilot project to implement GenerationPMTO training in university settings using distance education technology (Baumann, PI) with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable model for dissemination of these evidence-based interventions. 

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez’s work in cultural competence is varied. She 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. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez also collaborates with student leaders in the Department of Psychology on the development and dissemination of Safe Passages, a training workshop for college students seeking to increase their cultural competence.    

Dr. Domenech Rodríguez actively contributes in service to the profession. She is Past President of the National Latinx 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 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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