Nadine Nakamura, Ph.D. earned her BA in Psychology with a specialization in Asian American Studies from UCLA and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Her research focuses on understanding the unique needs of LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as LGBTQ international issues. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as a co-edited book titled LGBTQ Mental Health: International Perspectives and Experiences.
Dr. Nakamura has served on the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration and the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and as co-chair of the APA LGB Guidelines Revisions Task Force. She was awarded the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Early Career Achievement Award in 2014, the National Multicultural Conference and Summit’s Rising Star Award in 2017, and the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award in 2020. She is currently a member of APA’s Minority Fellowship Program’s Training Advisory Committee and the APA representative to the International Psychology Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Issues. She is also active in the Asian American Psychological Association where she is serving as co-chair of the AAPA Leadership Fellows Program.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (APA Accredited)
Breen, A. B., Estrellado, J. E., Nakamura, N., & Felipe, L. C. S. (2020). Asian LGBTQ+
sexual health: An overview of the literature from the past 5 years. Current Sexual Health Reports, 12, 1-9.
Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2020). Living in exile: The experiences of individuals in
same-sex binational relationships in Latin America. Journal of Homosexuality, 67, 2014-2033. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1624453
Barnett, A. P., del Río-González, A. M., Parchem, B., Pinho, V., Aguayo-Romero, R.,
Nakamura, N., ... & Zea, M. C. (2019). Content analysis of psychological research with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color in the United States: 1969–2018. American Psychologist, 74(8), 898-911.
Nakamura, N. & Tsong, Y. (2019). Perceived stress, psychological functioning, and
resilience among individuals in same-sex binational relationships. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 6,175-181.
Tran, N., Nakamura, N., Kim, G. S., Khera, G. S., & AhnAllen, J. M. (2018).
#APIsforBlackLives: Unpacking the interracial discourse on the Asian American Pacific Islander and Black communities. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 4, 73-84.
Khera, G.S. & Nakamura, N. (2018). Examining substance use prevalence among first
and second generation Asian Indians in the United States. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 17,291-302.
Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2017). Resilience and migration: The
experiences of same-sex binational couples in Canada. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 29, 201-219.
Nakamura, N., Kassan, A., & Suehn, M. (2015). Immigrants in same-sex binational
relationships under DOMA. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 2, 12-21.
Maung Maung, T., Chen, B., Moore, D.M., Chan, K., Kanter, S., Michelow, W. Hogg, R.,
Nakamura, N., Robert, W., Gustafson, R., & Gilbert, M. (2013). Risks for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among Asian men who have sex with men in Vancouver, British Columbia: A cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health, 13, 763-770.
Nakamura, N., Chan, E., & Fischer, B. (2013). “Hard to Crack”: Experiences of community integration among first and second generation Asian MSM in Canada. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, (3), 248-256.
Nakamura, N., Tummala-Narra, P., & Zarate, M. (2013). Expanding our borders: Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology's Special Issue on Immigration. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, (3), 233-235.
Nakamura, N. & Kassan, A. (2013). Understanding the experiences of immigrant sexual minority women through a cultural identity model. Women & Therapy, 36 (3-4), 252-
Kassan, A. & Nakamura, N. (2013). "This was my only option": Career transitions of same-sex binational couples immigrating to Canada. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7, 154-171.
Nakamura, N. & Pope, M. (2013). Borders and margins: Giving voice to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender immigrant experiences. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7, 122-124
Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Urbanoski, K., Rush, B., & Rehm, J. (2012). Correlations between population levels of prescription opioid use and prescription opioid related substance use treatment admissions in the US and Canada since 2001. Public Health, 126,749-751.
Nakamura, N., Dawe, M., McGuire, F., Rudzinski, K., Jones, W., Rehm, J., & Fischer, B.
(2011). Gender differences in cannabis use related characteristics in high frequency using Canadian university students: An exploratory study. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 10, 81-93.
Ivsins, A., Roth, E., Nakamura, N., Krajden, M., & Fischer, B. (2011). Uptake, benefits of and barriers to safer crack use kit (SCUK) distribution programs in Victoria, Canada – a qualitative exploration. International Journal of Drug Policy, 22, 292-300.
Nakamura, N., Semple, S.J., Strathdee, S.A., & Patterson, T.L. (2011). HIV risk profiles among HIV-positive, methamphetamine-using men who have sex with both men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 793-801.
Nakamura, N., Ialomiteanu, A., Rehm, J., & Fischer, B. (2011). Prevalence and characteristics of substance use among Chinese and South Asians in Canada. Journal of
Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 10, 39-47.
Nakamura, N., Mausbach, B.T., Ulibarri, M.D., Semple, S.J., & Patterson, T.L. (2011).
Methamphetamine use, attitudes about condoms, and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men who have sex with men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 267–272.
Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Ialomiteanu, A., Boak, A., & Rehm, J. (2010). Assessing the prevalence of non-medical prescription opioid use in the general Canadian population: Methodological issues and questions. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 55, 606-609.
Fischer, B., Nakamura, N., Rush, B., Rehm, J., & Urbanoski, K. (2010). Changes in characteristics of admissions to treatment related to problematic prescription opioid use in Ontario, 2004-2009. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 109, 257-260.
Nakamura, N. & Zea, M.C. (2010). Experiences of homonegativity and sex under the influence of drugs in a sample of Latino gay and bisexual men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 12, 73-85.
Nakamura, N., Semple, S.J., Strathdee, S.A., & Patterson, T.L. (2009). Methamphetamine
initiation among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. AIDS Care, 21, 1176-1184.