Mae Lynn Reyes, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor









B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico

M.A., Academic-Research Psychology, University of Puerto Rico

Ph.D., Academic-Research Psychology, University of Puerto Rico

Certificate-Second Specialization Clinical Psychology

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Adapting cognitive behavioral treatment for Latinas with bulimia nervosa, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Summary Statement:

Dr. Reyes-Rodriguez is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry Department and faculty with the Center for Latino Health (CELAH) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has built strong ties throughout North Carolina with the Latino community since 2008 in which she was awarded with a Diversity Supplement grant funded by NIMH to adapt eating disorders treatment for Latinos in the U.S. The focus of her research is on the development of culturally appropriate interventions for Latinas with eating disorders with a specific emphasis on developmentally and culturally appropriate incorporation of family members into treatment. Her current work builds on her experience working with adults with bulimia nervosa in Puerto Rico which underscored the importance of incorporating the family early in treatment as a necessary cultural adaptation for Latinas. Currently, Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez is the Principal Investigator of the PAS Project-Promoviendo una Alimentación Saludable “Promoting Healthy Eating Patterns”. The PAS Project comprises a series of investigations in order to tailor the development of a culturally appropriate family-based adjunct intervention to CBT-BN for adult Latina patients with eating disorders.

Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez also serves as a Co-Chair of the Transcultural Special Interest Group from the Academy for Eating Disorders and active member of Section 6 (Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities), Division 12 of the American Psychological Association. She is collaborating with Qué Pasa, which is one of North Carolina’s largest Hispanic newspapers that reaches over 650,000 Latinos/as, to educate Latinos/as about emotions and mental health. Qué Pasa publishes a monthly column written by Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez called “Hablando de nuestras emociones” (Talking about our emotions). The purpose of this column is to create awareness among Latinos/as about the importance of talking about their emotions and identifying when, where and how to seek help. The column is designed as a series of topics on emotions that educates readers in plain language and helps build both knowledge and skills. Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez has numerous peer reviewed scientific articles and is co-author of various book chapters focusing on eating disorders and comorbid conditions in diverse populations.



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