Christian Adames

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Student

Teachers College, Columbia University


Hello and welcome to my website! My name is Christian (he/him/his), and I am a third-year PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program at Columbia University. This website is a work in progress, though I hope it can help share a bit about me and my interests. Please feel free to reach out if anything piques your interest!

A bit more about me: as I mentioned I am a doctoral student at Columbia's Teachers College, where I work with Dr. Brandon Velez within the Stigma, Identity, and Intersectionality (SII) Research Team on a variety of projects that examine marginalization, oppression, and mental health. Additionally, I am a psychology extern at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) where I provide services to youth and their families using a variety of evidence-based approaches.

Broadly, my research and clinical interests take an intersectional, anti-oppression, and multicultural approach to understanding how systems impact the mental and sexual health of minoritized people - with a particular interest in the well-being of queer & trans* Black, Indigenous, and Latinx people.

I was recently named an American Psychological Association (APA) Interdisciplinary Minority Fellow to support my training and development in these areas, and I am also receiving specialized training through my doctoral program's concentration in Bilingual Latinx Mental Health and a Teachers College-wide advanced certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender in Psychology & Education.

I am a proud first-generation college graduate from the University of Chicago, where I received my undergraduate degree in psychology. I then spent three years at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine working on various research and evaluation projects focused on HIV prevention and health justice before joining the SII team in 2018 when I came to Teachers College to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

Outside of my doctoral program, I am involved with psychology at the national level through membership within APA's divisions of Counseling Psychology (Division 17), Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44), and Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45), as well as through membership with the National Latinx Psychological Association. Additionally, I serve on the Executive Committee of Division 44 as Student Representative & Co-Chair for the Community of Students, where I represent student voices in division decision-making.

Outside of my academic and professional interests, I enjoys staying highly caffeinated, winning Broadway ticket lotteries (pre-COVID), riding Citibikes across New York City, and ceaselessly recounting Moira Rose's unparalleled one-liners.


  • Intersectionality, Privilege, and Oppression
  • Populations with Multiple Stigmatized Identities, particularly LGBTQ People of Color
  • Sexual, Gender, and Racial/Ethnic Minority Health Disparities
  • Microaggressions in Counseling and Psychotherapy


  • BA in Psychology

    University of Chicago, 2015

  • MA in Clinical Psychology

    Columbia University, 2021

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology

    Columbia University, 2024 (expected)

Teaching Experience

Courses I have served as a member of the teaching staff include:

Teachers College, Columbia University

Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology

  • Co-Instructor:
    • Foundations of Counseling and Therapy Skills, CCPJ 5371
    • Group Counseling, CCPJ 5025
    • Psychology of Human Sexuality, CCPX 4036
    • Reconstructing Gender: Trans Experiences with Stigma & Mental Health, CCPJ 4030

  • Teaching Assistant:
    • Career Counseling, CCPJ 5062
    • College Admissions Counseling, CCPJ 4170
    • Consulting with Community Agencies and Resources, CCPJ 4165
    • Evaluation & Research Methods in Counseling Psychology, CCPJ 5070
    • LGBTQ Issues in Psychology and Education, CCPJ 4180
    • Multicultural Counseling and Psychology, CCPJ 5164
    • Multicultural Psychopathology, CCPJ 4000

Clinical Experiences

Clinical training experiences that I have had as part of my psychology doctoral training include:

Columbia University Medical Center

Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (2021-Present)
Clinical Supervisors: Anna Allman, PhD, Alyssa Ames-Sikora, PhD, Nicholas Crimarco, PhD, & Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD
Services Provided: Invidivual Psychotherapy (Modalities: Cognitive-Behavioral, Exposure and Response Prevention, Trauma-Focused, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Parent Management Training), Group Psychotherapy, Intensive Outpatient Individual and Group Psychotherapy, School Consultation and Outreach

Teachers College, Columbia University

Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (2020-Present)
Clinical Supervisors: Cindy Huang, PhD, David Greenan, EdD, Peggy Loo, PhD & Gregory Payton, PhD
Services Provided: Invidivual Psychotherapy (Modalities: Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotion Regulation, Multicultural, Feminist, Person-Centered), Career Counseling, Family Therapy, Parent Training, Psychodiagnostic Testing, Neuropsychological Assessment


A Content Analysis of Psychological Research on Vocational Issues Among Sexual Minority People

A content analysis was conducted on published empirical psychological scholarship focused on vocational issues and career development …

Intersectionality in Research

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Barriers and Facilitators to Seeking HIV Services in Chicago Among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men: Perspectives of HIV Service Providers

Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are disproportionally impacted by HIV, and continue to lag behind other age groups in the …

Evaluation Capacity Building—Results and Reflections Across Two Years of a Multisite Empowerment Evaluation in an HIV Prevention Context

As the need for rigorous evidence of program efficacy increases, integrating evaluation activities into program implementation is …

A Qualitative Exploration of Facilitators and Barriers to Meningitis Vaccination Uptake Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

Invasive Meningococcal Disease is a deadly, but preventable disease, with community outbreaks occurring at rate of 9.5 per year. …