I am the Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Services in the College of Education. I am also a Full Professor in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services. I am affiliate faculty with the Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies program and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) at UGA.
I graduated from Rhodes College with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and from the University of Notre Dame with my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. I completed my predoctoral internship at Michigan State University, worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Florida, and an assistant professor at Indiana University Bloomington. I joined UGA in 2005.
I was one of the founding members of the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA), a past-president of NLPA (2010), and have been honored with padrino/elder status and the distinguished professional career award from NLPA. I have also received a career research award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Race and Ethnicity (Division 45 of APA), an early career award for psychology in the public interest and the Jenny Penny Oliver Award in the Mary Frances Early College of Education. Recently I received the Elizabeth Spurlock Beckman Award, a national award that is intended to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a significant contribution to society.
I established a Spanish language psychology clinic, la clinica In Lak’ech, in 2015. Over the last five years la clinica has provided over 1,000 hours of therapy to undocumented, mixed-status, uninsured and Spanish-speaking clients. Under my supervision over 20 therapists from counseling psychology, counseling, clinical psychology and social work have provided linguistically and culturally appropriate services, free of charge. As an advisor I have mentored 42 students to the doctorate, 80% of whom have been people of color or international students. My students have focused their research on a wide array of multicultural areas and I have encouraged them leave communities richer for their presence through community service and active culturally humble participation.
A central part of my work is the support and love of my family. My wife, Angie Romero-Shih is getting her MSW at the school of social work and I have five wonderful children: Javier, Isa, Nick, Emery and Gil.
- Multicultural Psychology
- Latina/o Psychology
- Multicultural and Linguistic Competence in Psychology
- Organizational Development of Ethnic Minority Professional Groups
- Bilingual therapy
- Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, 1997
University of Notre Dame
My research interests are in the development of Latinx Psychology and the connections between ethnic minority psychology and other aspects of multicultural psychology. To this end I run an integrated research/service/outreach research program with an emphasis on the provision of services to the Spanish Speaking population of Georgia.
Please see: http://bienresearch.coe.uga.edu
Beckman Trust, 2020
National Latinx Psychological Association, 2018
UGA College of Education, 2017
National Latina/o Psychological Association, 2016
Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45 of the American Psychological Association), 2013
American Psychological Association, 2011