I am a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program working with Dr. Derek Iwamoto. My research interests integrate counseling, cultural, and health psychology by focusing on how gender and racial socialization, as well as experiences of sexism and racism, impact the development and maintenance of eating disorders and substance abuse, particularly in underrepresented groups. I wish to explore potential protective factors of maladaptive eating and drinking behaviors, such as adaptive emotion regulation, feminist empowerment, and racial consciousness, so that we can create more socially just and culturally conscious treatment interventions. I am also interested in examining the development and construction of masculine and feminine identities, as well as ways to experimentally manipulate those identities, to alleviate their more adverse consequences.

Thomas Le
tple [at] terpmail.umd.edu