Psychology Graduate Students

Daniel Alberto Rodriguez Ramirez
  • Title
    • Doctoral Student in Social Psychology
    • Emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Affiliations Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Phone
    (831) 459-2002
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, ---
    • McHenry Library
  • Office Hours By appointment
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Research Interests

Psychological well-being, Immigrant Justice, Reproductive Justice, Decolonial Psychology, and Psychologies of Utopia.

Community-engaged and Participatory Action Research.

Biography, Education and Training

I am interested in studying people's psychological well-being in the context of coloniality. I have conducted survey-design, qualitative, and experimental research on topics that shape people's psychological well-being, including romantic relationships, women's educational aspirations and reproductive decision-making, and people's racial implicit biases. I am currently conducting a qualitative study on immigrant people's psychological well-being, belonging, and social capital. 


M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, Springfield College, Massachusetts.

Bachelors and Professional Licensure in Psychology, Universidad Católica de Santa María, Arequipa, Perú.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Koret scholarship Mentor (2019)

UCSC-CITL Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2018)


Selected Publications

o   Vaccarino-Ruiz, S., Quinteros, K., Blanco, V. A., Rodriguez Ramirez, D., Langhout, R. D., Copulsky D., & Lopezzi, M. A. (2020). Yes, they were suffering, but we brought the music: Social toxicity and possibility during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US. Community Psychology in Global Perspective (Accepted).

o  Langhout, R. D., Rodriguez Ramirez, D., Vaccarino-Ruiz, S., Blanco, V. A., Quinteros, K., Copulsky D., & Lopezzi, M. A. (2020). Teaching and learning during a pandemic: How one graduate Community Psychology class quickly incorporated healing justice into our practices. American Journal of Community Psychology (Accepted).  

a  Grabe, S., Rodriguez Ramirez, D., & Dutt, A. (accepted). Reproductive justice: The role of community-based organizational participation in reproductive decision-making and educational aspiration among women in Nicaragua. Journal of Social Issues, 76 (2), 391-415.     

   Li, P. & Rodriguez Ramirez, D. (2015). Zen and Psychotherapy. In A. Masuda & W. T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Handbook of Zen, Mindfulness, and Behavioral Health (in press). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Teaching Interests

Decolonizing Psychology

Psychology of Liberation 

Critical Social Psychology 

Community Psychology and Theories of Change 

Participatory Action Research 

History of Psychology

My interest in teaching highlights community-making, collaboration, and inclusivity. I have certification and experience in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in universities in Peru. I also coordinated and redesigned the curriculum of the Graduate Division’s Graduate Student Leadership Certification Program by incorporating inclusive, participatory, collaborative, and counter-hegemonic leadership styles. I was a CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, where I worked with other Fellows and CITL facilitators on how to inform Teaching Assistant (TA) trainings across campus with inclusive teaching and active learning frameworks. I have also been a CITL Mentor for Graduate Student Instructors. I was a Koret scholarship mentor, working with a student to conduct a research project. I have been an instructor for Reading and Research Skills for the Global Preparation Program directed toward incoming international graduate students. I am currently a TA in the Psychology Department.