Velez, Brandon L. (blv2106)

Brandon L. Velez

Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
Interviewing new Ph.D. students to enroll in Fall 2024

Office Location:

434A Horace Mann

Office Hours:

Spring 2023: Mondays 1:00 – 3:00pm via Zoom

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, August 2014
University of Florida (APA accredited), Gainesville, FL                  

Predoctoral Psychology Internship, August 2013 – August 2014
Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center (APA accredited), Atlanta, GA 

M.S. in Psychology, 2011
University of Florida (APA accredited), Gainesville, FL

B.S. in Psychology, 2009 (summa cum laude)
B.A. in Religion, 2009 (cum laude)
Minor in Anthropology, 2009
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Velez's research focuses on the links of oppression and collective identity attitudes with mental health and career outcomes among sexual, gender, and racial/ethnic minority people. He is particularly interested in the experiences and well-being of populations with multiple stigmatized identities, such as racial ethnic minority women and LGBTQ people of color. 

Selected Publications

Bold denotes TC student co-authors.

Velez, B. L., Cox, R., & Polihronakis, C. J., & Moradi, B. (in press). Discrimination, mental health, and work outcomes among women of color: The protective role of womanist attitudes. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Duffy, R. D., Velez, B. L., England, J. W., Autin, K. L., Douglass, R. P., Allan, B. A., & Blustein, D. L. (in press). An examination of the Psychology of Working Theory with racially and ethnically diverse employed adults. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Velez, B. L., Watson, L. B., Cox, R, & Flores, M. J. (2017). Minority stress and racial or ethnic minority status: A test of the greater risk perspective. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4, 257-271. doi:10.1037/sgd0000226

Douglass, R. P., Velez, B. L., Conlin, S. E., Duffy, R. D., & England, J. W. (2017). Examining the Psychology of Working Theory: Decent work among sexual minorities. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 550–559. doi:10.1037/cou0000212

Velez, B. L., & Moradi, B. (2016). A moderated mediation test of minority stress: The role of collective identity. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, 1132–1157. doi:10.1177/0011000016665467

Watson, L. B., Velez, B. L., Brownfield, J., & Flores, M. J. (2016). Minority stress and bisexual women’s disordered eating: The role of maladaptive coping. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, 1158–1186. doi:10.1177/0011000016669233

Velez, B. L., Breslow, A. S., Brewster, M. E., Cox, R., & Foster, A. (2016). Building a pantheoretical model of dehumanization with transgender men: Integrating objectification and minority stress theories. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 497-508. doi:10.1037/cou0000136

Brewster, M. E., Velez, B. L., Foster, A., & Esposito, J. (2016). Minority stress and the moderating role of religious coping among religious and spiritual sexual minority individuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 119-126. doi:10.1037/cou0000121

Breslow, A. S., Brewster, M. E., Velez, B. L., Wong, S., Geiger, E., & Soderstrom, B. (2015). Resilience and collective action: Exploring buffers against minority stress for transgender individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 253–265. doi:10.1037/sgd0000117

Velez, B. L., Campos, I. D., & Moradi, B. (2015). Relations of sexual objectification and racist discrimination with Latina women’s body image and mental health. The Counseling Psychologist43, 906-935. doi:10.1177/0011000015591287

Velez, B. L., & Moradi, B., & DeBlaere, C. (2015). Multiple oppressions and the mental health of sexual minority Latina/o individuals. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 7-38. doi:10.1177/0011000014542836

Lyons, H. Z., Velez, B. L., Mehta, M., & Neil, N. (2014). Tests of the theory of work adjustment with economically-distressed African Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology61, 473-483. doi:10.1037/cou0000017

Brewster, M. E., Velez, B. L., Martin, A., & Tebbe, E. N. (2014). Voices from beyond: A thematic content analysis of transgender employees' workplace experiences. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 159-169. doi:10.1037/sgd0000030

Brewster, M. E., Velez, B. L., Esposito, J., Wong, S., Geiger, L., & Keum, B. (2014).

Moving beyond the binary with disordered eating research: A test and extension of objectification theory with bisexual women. Journal of Counseling Psychology61, 50-62. doi:10.1037/a0034748

Velez, B. L., Moradi, B., & Brewster, M. E. (2013). Testing the tenets of minority stress theory in workplace contexts. Journal of Counseling Psychology60, 532-542. doi:10.1037/a0033346

Velez, B. L., & Moradi, B. (2012). Workplace support, discrimination, and person-organization fit: Tests of the theory of work adjustment with LGB individuals. Journal of Counseling Psychology59, 399–407. doi:10.1037/a0028326

Brewster, M. E., Velez, B., DeBlaere, C., & Moradi, B. (2012). Transgender individuals' workplace experiences: The applicability of sexual minority measures and models. Journal of Counseling Psychology59, 60–70. doi:10.1037/a0025206


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