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Dumayi Gutierrez

Dumayi Gutierrez, has a Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy. She is an Assistant Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in San Diego and Online campuses.

Dr. Gutierrez has a passion for working with multiple marginalized communities and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). She has published and presented nationally on minority stress, intersectionality of self and family systems, couple support systems, resiliencies of sexually marginalized and gender expansive Latinx populations, intersectional culturally competent care, and Women of Color in higher education. She uses a narrative, experiential and feminist approach, utilizing techniques of advocacy and empowerment. Additionally, Dr. Gutierrez has served as clinical coordinator and family therapist for the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic in Iowa, and The Gender & Family Project at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York.

Dr. Gutierrez received her Bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from The University of Iowa, and Master’s degree from Mount Mercy University in Iowa.

Education and Certifications
  • Bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from The University of Iowa
  • Master’s degree from Mount Mercy University in Iowa.


Credentials and Certifications

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (New York #001774),
  • Certificate in College Teaching (The University of Iowa)
  • Sex Therapy in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Statistics I
  • Advanced Statistics II
  • MFT Research Methods
  • MFT Practicum
Scholarship and Contributions to the Field
  • Gutierrez, D. (2021, May 20-21). Utilizing an intersectional minority stress model to explore Latinx cultural influence, romantic relationships, and mental health outcomes for Latinx lesbian women [Virtual presentation]. The National LGBTQ Health Conference, Chicago, IL, United States.
  • Gutierrez, D. (2019, May). Exploring Protective Factors of Internalized Heterosexism and Mental Health outcomes of Latinx Lesbian Women. Presented at American Association of Family Therapy Minority Fellowship Institute.
  • Gutierrez, D. (2018, November). Intersecting Queer and Latinx Families: Core Sources of Support and Resilience for Marginalized Bisexual Latinx Women. Presented at National Council of Family Relations.
  • Gutierrez, D., Gamboni, C., Frazier, A. & Wojciak, A. (2017, October). Relationship Quality and Attachment Outcomes of Adults with Parents with Previous Same Sex Relationships. Presented at Annual American Association of Family Therapy Conference.
  • Gutierrez, D. (2020). "I’m not going to choose a side Hermana: Adding voices of bisexual Latinx women to an intersectional minority stress model." In Thomas M. (Eds.), Intersectionality: Concepts, perspectives, and challenges (pp. 60-81). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Gamboni, C., Gutierrez, D., & Miller, H. (2018). "Prohibiting versus discouraging: Exploring mental health organizations varied stances on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)." American Journal of Family Therapy, 46(1), 96-105.
  • Gutierrez, D. (2018). "The role of intersectionality in marriage and family therapy multicultural supervision." American Journal of Family Therapy, 46(1), 14-26.
  • 2017-2019 American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship. Dissertation Completion and Doctoral Fellowship.
  • 2016 - 2017 Family Process Writers Institute. New Writers Initiative.