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, 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., 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.

Vaughan, M. D., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2013). The influence of Erik Erikson on positive psychology theory, research and practice. In J. Sinnott (Ed.), Positive Psychology and Adult Motivation (pp. 231-245).  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.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2010). At the intersection of church and gay: A review of the psychological research on gay and lesbian Christians. Journal of Homosexuality, 57(1) 5-38.

Selected Presentations:

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. (2012, October). Religious conservatism meets clinical psychology: Issues for patients and therapists. Invited lecture presented to pre-doctoral psychology interns and externs at the Kings County Hospital Center, 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.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2011, May). The Intersection of fundamentalist religious beliefs and mental health treatment. Invited lecture presented during Psychiatric Grand Rounds at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2011, January). Identity conflict and integration between sexual orientation and religious/spiritual beliefs. Poster presented at the second annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) pre-conference on the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, San Antonio, Texas.

Rodriguez, E. M. (2010, October). Will I burn in hell because I’m gay? Exploring identity conflict between sexual orientation and religious/spiritual beliefs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Baltimore, Maryland.  

Rodriguez, E. M. (2010, August). Exploring the role of religion and spirituality in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community: A theoretical foundation. Poster presented at the 2010 LGBT International Summer Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann

Nelson, L. E., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2010, August). Religion and spirituality in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) lives. Invited roundtable co-moderated at the 2010 LGBT International Summer Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Selected City Tech Student Publications:

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:

Langer, R. R., & Rodriguez, E. M. (2012, May). Critically analyzing the significance of “Patient Zero” to the early spread of HIV/AIDS. 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. Poster presented at the semi-annual Honors and Emerging Scholar’s Poster Presentation, New York City College of Technology, 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. 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. 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. 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. (2008, December). Integration of two separate identities:  Single mother and college student. 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. (2008, December). Applying theories of identity conflict to my own life: Being a college student verses being a young adult. 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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