College of

Dr. Germán A. Cadenas

Room A233-B
Research Interests: 
Counseling Psychology

Dr. Germán Cadenas focuses on multiculturalism, social justice, and vocational psychology in his research. He specializes in the psychology of undocumented immigrants and underrepresented minorities as it relates to their integration in educational systems, career pathways, and sociopolitical participation. Germán has worked on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation supports his research. His work has been published in outlets such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority PsychologyJournal of Career Development, The Counseling Psychologist, and, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.  

Dr. Cadenas identifies as an immigrant himself and is formerly undocumented. He has a background in activism and community organizing, and was involved in creating programs and non-profit organizations to support advocacy for immigrant rights and the educational progress of undocumented and DACA students. His opinion and personal story has been featured in many popular media outlets, he was Chair of the California Psychological Association’s Immigration Task Force (2017-18), and serves on the Advocacy Workgroup of American Psychological Association’s Division 17 (2018). He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and his Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at the University of California Berkeley. 

Representative Publications 

Cadenas, G. A., Bernstein, B. L., & Tracey, T. J. (2018). Critical consciousness and intent to persist through college in DACA and US citizen students: The role of immigration status, race, and ethnicity. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Cadenas, G. A.,Cantú, E. A., Spence, T., & Ruth, A. (2018). Integrating critical consciousness and technology in entrepreneurship career development with diverse community college students. Journal of Career Development. 

Cisneros, J., & Cadenas, G. (2017). Examining the effect of DREAMzone: Preparing higher education professionals to respond to the presence and needs of undocumented students. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 1-15.doi:

Hewitt, A.A., Watson, L.B., DeBlaere, C., Dispenza, F., Guzman de Molina, C., Cadenas, G., Chain, J., Ferdinand, L., & Tran, G.T. (2017). Leadership development in counseling psychology: Voices of leadership academy alumni. The Counseling Psychologist. doi:

Cadenas, G.(2017). Responding to the needs of Immigrants in California: The CPA Immigration Task Force. The California Psychologist, 50(4)

Cadenas, G., Cisneros, J., Todd, N.R., & Spanierman, L.B. (2016). DREAMzone: Testing two vicarious contact interventions to improve attitudes toward undocumented immigrants. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi: