SOFÍA I.MELÉNDEZ RON
Queering Clinical Psychology Practice and Training
Inspired by Latin American Feminist and Queer social movements, I am committed to transforming clinical psychology practice and training to embrace gender, sexual, and cultural diversities.
As a queer Mexican-Canadian woman and an uninvited first-generation settler on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Huron-Wendat, and Seneca, I lead and support projects that are gender-transformative, anti-oppressive, and collaborative. I draw from critical pedagogy, intersectionality, and decolonial approaches in my work.
Currently, I am completing my clinical psychology training at Toronto Metropolitan University (Tkaranto, Treaty 13). I received my Master of Education degree at Queen's University where I began investigating how to improve the training that clinical psychologists receive about trans health. I am excited to continue this research as part of my clinical psychology research. This work has been funded by the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars award, the Jean Royce Fellowship, the Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, and the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.