Dr. Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, siya) Ph.D., LPCC-s, NCC, CCMHC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University and a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor. Dr. Litam is a nationally recognized researcher, educator, clinical counselor, and social justice advocate on topics related to human sexuality, sex trafficking, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is an immigrant and identifies as a Chinese and Filipina American woman.
As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Litam’s work has been published in prestigious academic journals such as The Journal of Counseling & Development, The Professional Counselor, The International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, The Journal of Sexual Aggression, The Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness, Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Asian American Journal of Psychology, Stigma & Health, and The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. She has over 30 peer-reviewed publications and has facilitated over 100 refereed and invited presentations at the international, national, regional, and state level.
Dr. Litam has served as a content expert on topics related to human sex trafficking, LGBTQ+ issues, and the psychological impact of anti-Asian discrimination during COVID-19 on platforms including National Public Radio (NPR), podcasts, media and news outlets, as well as in legislative arenas. Dr. Litam has become one of the foremost leading researchers on COVID-19 related racial discrimination and the pandemic’s impact on sexuality, education, as well as stress and moral injury among healthcare workers and mental health professionals. Since May of 2020, Dr. Litam has published over 25 peer-reviewed research studies and conceptual articles; 11 of which are archived in the World Health Organization’s global literature database on COVID-19.
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