Javier Garcia-Perez is a Doctoral Student in the department of Social Welfare in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow, a fellowship for doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds. Broadly, Javier’s research interests include LGBTQ+ Latinx youth mental health, LGBTQ+ Latinx experiences, Latinx mental health, identity-based trauma and mental health, trauma, LGBTQ+ mental health, intersectionality, youth development, multiple minority identity and inequities. The specific aim of his research is to better understand the lived realities or LGBTQ+ Latinx youth at the intersection of their multiple identities and the reality of their daily experiences.
Prior to UCLA, Javier obtained his BA in Chicana/Chicano Studies from the University of California, Davis and completed his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University. He received a dual MSW/MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2). Previously, he served as the program director for an ExpandED learning Time program working to achieve educational equity for low-income and marginalized middle school students in Harlem, New York. Javier has served as a member in the Doctoral Student Committee for the Society of Social Work and Research (SSWR) and as the doctoral representative for the Social Welfare department Doctoral Committee.
Currently, he is working on projects around mental health disparities, inequities, multiple minority identities, and identity-based trauma.
Garcia-Perez, J. (2020) Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer + Latinx youth mental health disparities: A systematic review, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 32:4, 440-478, DOI: 10.1080/10538720.2020.1764896
Garcia-Perez, J. (2016). The Fear of Writing: How White Supremacy Normalized My Cognitive Distortions. Collectivist Journal Volume One, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania. https://www.sp2.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Collectivist-SP2-Journal-2016.pdf