Early Career Professional (ECP) Representative

Em Matsuno, Ph.D. 
Pronouns: They/Them
Term: 2023-2024
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Dr. Em Matsuno: Em Matsuno, PhD (they/them) is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Arizona State University. They completed their PhD in counseling psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, their doctoral internship at the University of Pennsylvania counseling and psychological services, and a two-year research postdoctoral fellowship at Palo Alto University. Dr. Matsuno leads the EMpowerment lab which aims to uplift, center, and empower Two-spirit, trans, and nonbinary (2STNB) people as scholars, researchers, practitioners, activists, and healers within the field of psychology. Dr. Matsuno’s primary research goals are two-fold: 1) to understand the minority stressors and resilience factors that 2STNB people experience and 2) to develop and test interventions to reduce minority stressors and/or increase resilience factors for 2STNB people. Specific interests include family acceptance and parental support of 2STNB youth, nonbinary people, 2STNB graduate students and careers, and 2STNB people of color.

Dr. Matsuno is active in professional service including being on the editorial board for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, serving as co-chair of the Division 44 transgender and gender diversity committee, and being a member of the task force for revising the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Diverse clients. Based on their advocacy and research supporting 2STNB populations, Dr. Matsuno received the Rising Star award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (NMCS) and the Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions from APA Division 17 in 2022.