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Lourdes D. Follins


Dr. Lourdes D. Follins is native New Yorker who is also a New York State licensed clinical social worker. She has worked with and on behalf of children, adolescents, and adults who are marginalized because of their class, ethnoracial, and/or sexual identities for over 20 years. Specializing in the mental health of and HIV prevention in LGBT people of color and other people of color, Dr. Follins has also served on local and federal bodies to ensure that the voices of LGBT people of color are heard and their issues taken into consideration. She has also worked with local community-based programs for youth and young adults, people living with HIV/AIDS, and LGBT people to secure funding and improve their programming. As a CUNY faculty member, she views her position as an opportunity to educate and train tomorrow’s health and allied health professionals on how to work with communities in need in a more compassionate and effective way.


CURRENT: PSY 30 (Child and Adolescent Psychology), PSY 32 (Human Growth and Development; Honors, Writing Intensive and regular sections)

PAST: PSY 11 (General Psychology), PSY 37 (Psychology of Women), MH 11 (Introduction to Mental Health and Human Services), MH 31 (Principles of Interviewing and Group Leadership), MH 34 (Human Services with Vulnerable Populations), and MH 98 (Supervised Instructional Experience in Mental Health) )


BA (psychology), MSW, Ph. D. (clinical social work)

College Teaching

CUNY--Kingsborough Community College, Psychology Program (2006-present)
CUNY--Kingsborough Community College, Mental Health and Human Services Program (2004-2008)

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Follins, L. D. (2011). Identity development of young Black lesbians in New York City: An exploratory study. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 15, 368-381. 

Follins, L.D. (2013). People living with HIV/AIDS. In W. R. Burger, Human Services in Contemporary America (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks Cole.

Follins, L.D., Walker, J., & Lewis, M. K. (in process). Resilience in Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals: A critical review of the literature. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health.

Rodriguez, E.M. & Follins, L. D. (2012). Did God make me this way? Expanding psychological research on queer religiosity and spirituality to include intersex and transgender individuals. Psychology & Sexuality, 3, 214-225.

Events and/or Key Dates

Research Interests

Sexual and substance use decision-making in young gay men of color
Sexually transmitted infections in lesbian and queer women
Health disparities faced by LGBT people of color
Resilience of LGBT people of color
The impact of faculty diversity on community college student learning and experiences

Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

City University of New York/Kingsborough Community College Presidential Faculty Innovation Award, 2012-2013

National Institute of Mental Health Minority Researcher Skills in Youth, Community, Family and HIV Fellowship (R25MH083602), Fellow, 2008-2012

Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

American Psychological Association (APA), 2006-2013
American Public Health Association (APHA), 2008-2012
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), 1993-present
Society for Social Work and Research, 2009-present

Personal Interests

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