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All inclusive: lustrum UG, 5-15 June 2019

Science programme Conference: “Growing together: Celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion”

Luis Armando Parra

Luis Armando Parra
Luis Armando Parra

Experiences of heterosexist and racist discrimination are associated with atypical neurobiological stress responses via conflicts with identity integration in sexually diverse Latinx emerging adults

The comprehensive lived experiences of sexually diverse (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer) Latinx people (Latin American descent) remain invisible in neurobiological studies of heterosexist and racist discrimination.

Theoretical models of minority stress posit that both sexually diverse and Latinx people experience and internalize experiences of heterosexist and racist discrimination, respectively, which may adversely impact their psychological and physical health. Existing models of minority stress rarely account for how systems and processes of oppression surrounding sexual orientation and ethnicity are associated through an intersectionality lens. It remains unclear how sexually diverse Latinx people internalize cultural, institutional, and societal stressors, and how these sources of stress intersect and affect their health and well-being.

A potential mechanism for this adverse internalization process is through the effects of stress on identity integration and neurobiological stress regulation.

Through the application of an intersectionality framework, our work shows that measures that are inherently intersectional (i.e., assessing how sexually diverse people of color integrate their sexual and ethnic or racial identities in the context of heterosexism and racism) are necessary to identify unique processes that may link varying forms of oppression to health disparities in sexually diverse people of color.

Luis Armando Parra, PhD, (pronouns: he/him/his) obtained his PhD in Human Development from the Department of Human Ecology and is a member of the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Luis is a current National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine’s Ford Foundation fellow as well as a University of California Office of the President dissertation year fellow.

Luis’ work examines the effects of oppression on biopsychosocial adjustment in people who belong to multiple marginalized social groups. His work has been supported by various awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Foundation, the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, the National Science Foundation, the University of California Office of the President Consortium on the Developmental Science of Adolescence, and the Human Development Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis.

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