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Erica Rodriguez



Erica Rodriguez

Adjunct Faculty (POC)

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  • Online
Cultural & Family Psychology
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Erica, a first-generation Queer Latina, serves as the Permanent Supportive Housing Supervisor at the LA LGBT Center. She is an active member of the Center's DEI committee and has provided training and presentations across the country on LGBTQ youth and systems of care. In addition, Erica is an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College.With a robust career spanning over 26 years, both in management and as a clinician, Erica has worked and volunteered with dual diagnosis youth, communities of color, homeless youth, immigrant and first-generation children and families, underserved and minority populations, and the LGBTQIA+ community. She has also worked with individuals involved with the foster care and juvenile justice system.

Erica holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology and a Master's degree in Marriage Family Therapy with an emphasis on Latine communities. Currently, she is working on her Psy.D from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, developing a curriculum aimed at helping mental health professionals increase their cultural sensitivity when providing services to gender-expansive adults.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
MFT Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena, CA 2007
BA Sociology College of Notre Dame De Namur, Belmot,CA 1999
BA Psychology College of Notre Dame De Namur, Belmot,CA 1999
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Fellowship member • Racial Equity in Homelessness Social Justice Partnership LA
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse General Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Identity Development
Multicultural Youth
Social Development
Critical Thinking General Expertise
Anti-bias Curriculum
Curriculum and Program Development Professional Learning Communities
Diversity Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Culture-centered Pedagogy
Diversity Issues
Identity Development
Multicultural Training
Higher Education Teaching Adult Learners
Foster Youth
Homelessness General Expertise
Psychology Social Psychology
Select Area Adult Teaching and Learning
Gender Identity
Gender Reassignment
Sexuality/Gender Issues General Expertise
Social Justice General Expertise
Race & Ethnicity
Behavioral Therapy
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Positive Psychology
Social Psychology
Violence General Expertise
Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

I want students to leave my class knowing at least one thing that they didn't know before. I want to help them feel empowered by their education and to motivated to be of service to the communities that need them

Curriculum Vitae
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