Javier joined the ISPRC team in the Fall of 2020. Javier’s research and clinical interests are heavily influenced by his own experience as a queer, Latino, natural disaster survivor are based in Relational-Cultural Theory and the human need for interpersonal relationships to mitigate stressors brought about by trauma.
During his undergraduate studies, Javier participated in research projects with the Afro-Caribbean Languages Research Group exploring the intersection of linguistic markers and identity. Javier is currently the lead investigator in an ongoing study examining the relationship between loneliness, identity, and COVID-19 related social distancing practices.
In early 2020 Javier worked with the International Medical Corps to provide Psychological First Aid to earthquake survivors in his native Puerto Rico. In Fall of 2020 Javier completed his practicum at the Shortstop Transitional Housing program, a homeless shelter mainly serving immigrant youth in the Somerville area.
In his free time, Javier enjoys playing video games, writing, doing jigsaw puzzles, and listening to music with his corgi and basset hound.