UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill
Education and Training:
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)
Dr. Reyes-Rodriguez is an Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry Department and adjunct faculty with the Center for Latino Health (CELAH) at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed clinical psychologist in North Carolina offering outpatient treatment for eating disorders, depression, anxiety and other emotional life distress issues. In addition to individual treatment, she also provides family therapy and couple-based therapy. Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez works with a wide range of ages (adolescents, young adults and adults). Her primary expertise is providing culturally sensitive interventions for Latino populations but also has experience working with patients from diverse cultural, race/ethnicity and sexual orientation backgrounds. Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez is also leading a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) group clinic for adult patients with major depressive disorder as part of the UNC Psychiatry outpatient clinic.
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. She also collaborates with La Noticia, a Spanish language newspaper in North Carolina with almost 500 points of distribution. La Noticia publishes a weekly column written by Dr. Reyes-Rodríguez 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.