Javier Garcia-Perez

Javier Garcia-Perez is a Doctoral Candidate in the department of Social Welfare in the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Broadly, Javier’s research interests include LGBTQ+ Latinx mental health, LGBTQ+ Latinx experiences, Latinx mental health, identity-based trauma and mental health, trauma, LGBTQ+ mental health, intersectionality, multiple minority identity and inequities.

His dissertation work—Viviendo en la Intersección: Queer Femme Latinx Individuals Experience Living at the Intersection of Identities—seeks to better understand the lived realities of Queer Femme Latinx 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, Javier is working on projects around mental health disparities, inequities, multiple minority identities, and identity-based trauma with specific focus on the LGBTQ+ Latinx community.

Twitter: @GarciaPerezJavi


Abrams, L. S., Garcia-Perez, J., Brock-Petroshius, K., & Applegarth, D. M. (2021). Racism, Colorblindness, and Social Work Education: An Exploratory Study of California MSW Student Beliefs and Experiences. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 714830. https://doi.org/10.1086/714830

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 OneSchool of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

Karen Umemoto

Karen Umemoto is joining UCLA Urban Planning.

Umemoto comes to UCLA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa; she holds a PhD in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her teaching and research focuses on planning and governance in multicultural societies, race and ethnic relations, youth and urban violence, and community building.