Eric M. Rodriguez


Office:
» Namm Hall (N-625)


Phone:
» 718.260.4978


E-mail:
» erodriguez
   @citytech.cuny.edu


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Eric M. Rodriguez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest:

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer/Intersex Issues
Identity Conflict and Integration
Personality Psychology
Positive Psychology
Psychology of Religion
Social Psychology
Research Methods and Statistics
HIV/AIDS

Education:

CUNY Graduate Center
Ph.D., Social/Personality Psychology, 2006

CUNY Graduate Center
M.Phil., Social/Personality Psychology, 2003

CUNY Graduate Center
M.A., Psychology, 1998

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
B.A., Psychology (Anthropology Minor), 1993
Magna Cum Laude

Selected Publications:

Rodriguez, E. M. (In Press). At the intersection of church and gay: A review of the psychological research on gay and lesbian Christians. In C. Cusak & J. Prior (Eds.), Religion, sexuality and spirituality. Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Rodriguez, E. M. & Ouellette, S. C. (In Press). Gay and lesbian Christians: Homosexual and religious identity integration in the members and participants of a gay-positive church. In S. Hunt (Ed.), Religion and LGBTQ sexualities: Critical essays. Bristol, UK: Ashgate.

Vaughan, M. D., & Rodriguez, E. M. (In Press). LGBT strengths: Incorporating positive psychology into theory, research, training and practice. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Ream, G. L., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2014). Sexual minorities. In C. McNamara Barry & M. M. Abo-Zena (Eds.), Emerging adults' religiousness and spirituality: Meaning making in an age of transition (pp. 204-219). New York, NY: Oxford.

Rodriguez, E. M., Lytle, M. C., & Vaughan, M. D. (2013). Exploring the intersectionality of bisexual, religious/spiritual and political identities from a feminist perspective. Journal of Bisexuality, 13, 285-309.

Rodriguez, E. M., & Vaughan, M. D. (2013). Stress-related growth in the lives of lesbian and gay people of faith. In J. Sinnott (Ed.), Positive Psychology and Adult Motivation (pp. 291-307). New York, NY: Springer.

Rodriguez, E. M. & Shmerler, D. L. (2013). Will I burn in hell because I'm gay? The psychology of sexual and spiritual identity conflict. In L. B. Gahan & T. Jones (Eds.), Heaven Bent. Thornbury, VIC, AU: Clouds of Magellan.

Rodriguez, E. M. & Follins, L. D. (2012). Did God make me this way? Expanding psychological research on queer religiosity and spirituality to include intersex and transgender individuals. Psychology & Sexuality, 3(3), 214-225.

Selected Presentations:

Rodriguez, E. M. (2014, August). Exploring the relationship between fundamentalist religious beliefs and clinical psychology. Invited lecture presented annually to the pre-doctoral psychology interns and externs at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2014, June). My Diakonia journey. Invited commencement address presented during the Metro New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America's 2014 Diakonia graduation ceremony, Christ Lutheran Church, Staten Island, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2014, June). The Intersection of fundamentalist religious beliefs and mental health treatment. Invited lecture presented during Psychiatric Grand Rounds at Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2013, November). Clinical Psychology and Fundamentalist Religious Beliefs. Invited lecture presented annually to the pre-doctoral psychology interns and externs at Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M., Shmerler, D. L., & Lytle, M. C. (2013, August). Working with LGBT individuals: Integrating positive psychology into training and practice. In M. D. Vaughan (Chair), LGBT strengths: Positive psychology and the intersection of identities. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Vaughan, M. D. & Rodriguez, E. M. (2013, August). Insights from psychological theory and research on LGBT strengths. In M. D. Vaughan (Chair), LGBT strengths: Positive psychology and the intersection of identities. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Ream, G. L., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2013, May). Religion and sexual orientation identity in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF), St. Paul, Minnesota.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2013, March). Becoming a MNYS Deacon: My Experiences as an ELCA Diakonia Student. Invited "Temple Talk" presented to the members and participants of Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2012, March). Micro-level Congregational Analysis as Community Collaboration Research: An Update on the Trinity Lutheran Church Strategic Planning Project. Paper presented at the sixth annual City Tech Faculty Research Conference, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2012, January). Religion and spirituality in the LGBTQI community. Invited lecture presented during Psychiatric Grand Rounds at North Central Bronx Hospital, Bronx, NY.

Selected City Tech Student Publications:

Karlashkina, L. (2014). A secret diary. City Tech Writer, 9, 99-100.

Graham, C. (2013). Everyday struggle. City Tech Writer, 8, 45-49.

Zaun, J. (2012). The biography. City Tech Writer, 7, 101-105.

Mai, G. (2011). Discrimination and identity conflict I. City Tech Writer, 6, 68-69.

Mariano, D. (2011). Discrimination and identity conflict II. City Tech Writer, 6, 70-71.

Diaz, J. (2011). Discrimination and identity conflict III. City Tech Writer, 6, 72-73.

Jack, L. (2011). Discrimination and identity conflict IV. City Tech Writer, 6, 74.

Selected City Tech Student Presentations:

Henriques, A., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2013, May). Determining Success after College for Computer Systems Technology Students. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, City Tech, Brooklyn New York.

Langer, R. R., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2012, May). Critically analyzing the significance of "Patient Zero" to the early spread of HIV/AIDS. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn New York.

Langer, R. R., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2011, December). How narrative analysis can be applied to forensic psychology. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn New York.

Perez, N., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2010, December). Investigating the intersection of psychology and religion: A self exploration. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, City Tech, Brooklyn New York.

Cabral-Reynoso, A., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2010, February). The Rorschach's reliability and validity debate. Poster presented at the annual CUNY Honors Pipeline Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, New York.

Cabral-Reynoso, A., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2009, May). Projecting the thema: An exploration of projective tests in the field of psychology. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn New York.

Soodeen, S. A., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2009, May). The fluidity of our identity. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn New York.

Stovall, J., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2009, May). The other side of empowerment: The potential of the psychological theory of empowerment to reduce anti-gay bias. In Abstracts of the Emerging Scholars Program Research Projects (New York City College of Technology). Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar's Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn New York.

Current Research:

Drawing from theory in the fields of personality psychology, social psychology, positive psychology and the psychology of religion, my current research interests pertain to the concepts of identity conflict and identity integration as they intersect with issues of faith, ethnicity and sexuality. My work has a strong applied focus that directly relates to such culturally salient issues as political ideation, fundamentalism, authoritarianism and intolerance. Other underlying themes include social justice, identity development and individual/institutional empowerment. I am focusing my current research efforts on writing up the results of my dissertation ("At the Intersection of Church and Gay: Religion, Spirituality, Conflict and Integration in Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People of Faith") in a series of peer-reviewed journal articles. Future research plans include: 1) teaming with student researchers to continue analyzing the large amount of qualitative and quantitative data I have collected to date, 2) constructing instruments that more accurately measure identity conflict and integration between religious and sexual identities, 3) conducting an even larger survey study of LGBTQI people of faith, and 4) exploring the connection between religion, sexual orientation, positive psychology and the "Big Five" personality traits.

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