Challenging current definitions of trauma, Kevin L. Nadal distills the latest research on the effects of microaggressions, looking at how regular exposure to subtle discrimination can, over time, elicit similar symptoms to severe trauma.
Previous research on trauma has suggested that it results from experiencing or witnessing actual or threatened death, or serious injury, but this view has been expanding in recent years. New research has focused on the relationship between persistent, often casual social discrimination and trauma. In a changing world where discrimination seems to take center stage on the news, more and more individuals are able to put a name to the daily microaggressions that may plague their lives. These stressors can act as trigger mechanisms that impact their ability to cope with life stressors, affecting self-esteem and relationships. This brief but comprehensive volume includes illustrative case studies that will help practitioners understand and treat clients with trauma resulting from persistent but otherwise subtle and difficult-to-identify microaggressions.
About the Author
Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, PhD, is an award-winning professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author, who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. Currently, he is the executive director of the The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center (GC) at the City University of New York (CUNY), as well as an associate professor of psychology at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and GC-CUNY. Nadal is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions on the mental and physical health of people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people; and other marginalized groups. He has published over 60 works on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education.
Nadal is the author of five books including "Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice" (2011, John Wiley and Sons), "Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives" (2010, Author House), "Women and Mental Disorders" (2011, Praeger), "That's So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community" (2013, APA Books), and "Filipinos in New York City" (2015, Arcadia). He is president of the Asian American Psychological Association, a national trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), a grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and co-founder of the LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network. In 2011, he received the Early Career Award for Contributions to Excellence by the Asian American Psychological Association and in 2012, he received the Emerging Professional Award for Research from the American Psychological Association Div. 45.