Department of Psychology People
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez // Professor
Office #: EDUC 425
Phone Number: 435-797-3059
Curriculum Vita: Updated 2013
Ethnicity and mental health, research ethics
Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez is a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University; she began her appointment at USU in 2000. Her research focuses on family processes in Spanish-speaking Latino families. At present, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is actively engaged in programs of research in México, Puerto Rico, and Michigan.
In México, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is engaged in a preventive intervention trial of a Parent Management Training - Oregon (PMTO) intervention in Mexico City. This project is part of an active collaboration with researchers at the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría in Mexico City as well as research practitioners at Implementation Sciences International, Inc. The PMTO intervention seeks to prevent the escalation of externalizing behavior problems into clinical syndromes. This project is partly possible due to Dr. Domenech Rodríguez’s prior research on the work culturally adapt, implement, and evaluate a PMTO intervention for Latino parents in northern Utah. She was Principal Investigator on the NIMH K01 grant that resulted in Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonia y Superación (CAPAS), the intervention manual which is now being implemented in Mexico City. CAPAS is also being implemented in Michigan, with support from an R34 grant to Dr. Rubén Parra-Cardona (PI; Dr. Domenech Rodríguez, co-I). In Puerto Rico, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is examining normative parenting practices in Puerto Rican families in preparation for a proposal for an intervention trial. This research is funded by a USU Research Catalyst grant to Dr. Domenech Rodríguez.
Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is a licensed psychologist in Utah and Puerto Rico. She obtained her doctoral degree at Colorado State University in 1999. There she trained at the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Family Research Consortium - III at the University of Washington. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Logan, UT. She has two daughters.