College of

Dr. Germán A. Cadenas

Room A233-B

Dr. Germán Cadenas focuses his research on the psychology of undocumented immigrants and underrepresented minorities, particularly their critical consciousness development and its links to higher education outcomes, work and career development, and psychological wellbeing. His research also encompasses strategies for training educators and mental health providers with competencies in social justice and multiculturalism to serve undocumented immigrants. His work has received extramural funding and has been published in outlets such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority PsychologyJournal of Career DevelopmentThe Counseling Psychologist, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.  He leads the Liberation Psychology Lab at Lehigh University, where graduate students and community groups collaborate on participatory action research projects. 

Dr. Germán Cadenas identifies as an immigrant himself and is formerly undocumented. He has a background in activism and community organizing. He was involved in creating programs and non-profit organizations to support advocacy for immigrant rights and the education of undocumented and DACA students. His opinion and personal story have been featured in popular media. He chairs the Immigration Working Group of the American Psychological Association's Peace Psychology Division, and serves on the Liberation Incubator of the Counseling Psychology Division. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University, and his Doctoral Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California Berkeley.

Representative Publications: 

Cadenas, G. A., & Bernstein, B. L. (2019). Measuring college students’ leadership engagement in advocacy. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. doi:10.1037/dhe0000131

Cadenas, G. A., Cisneros, J., Todd, N. R., & Spanierman, L. B. (2018). DREAMzone: Testing two vicarious contact interventions to improve attitudes toward undocumented immigrants. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education11(3), 295.

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 and Ethnic Minority Psychology24(4), 564.

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.

Cadenas, G. (2018). The Growing Venezuelan Diaspora in the United States. In Latinx Immigrants (pp. 211-228). Springer, Cham.

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: