Academic Bio

I am a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, a Masters degree in Human Sexuality Education, and a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP). My scholarship on interventions to support the mental health and well-being of LGBTQ individuals and communities has been solicited by the Institute of Medicine, Congress, and the White House. I have received honors for my research and advocacy from the American Psychological Association, the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and my local LGBTQ community.  My TED Talk on bisexuality has been viewed by many. I am the Director of Project RISE, a research team at UCSB that develops and studies interventions to support the psychological health of LGBTQ individuals and communities. I tweet @LGBTRISE (research and professional) and @tania_israel (personal and political).