Laura P. Minero, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence and EMPWR Program in the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Minero presently provides bilingual/bicultural, trauma-informed, affirming, and evidenced-based treatment to LGBTQ+ individuals across the lifespan and their families. She also specializes in working with undocumented immigrants, people of color, and Spanish-speaking populations across the lifespan. Dr. Minero also trains and develops curriculum for Los Angeles County professionals regarding provision of trauma-informed and LGBTQ affirming services.
Dr. Minero earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to Dr. Minero’s post-doctoral fellowship, she also completed her clinical internship at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the Stress, Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Clinic. Her scholarly work has included contributing to scientific consensus studies used to inform national policy as a 2019 Christine Mirzayan Science Policy and Technology Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her research with undocumented and asylum-seeking transgender immigrants and the intersections of transphobia, racism, and mental health was supported by Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship awards.