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 Oregon, Idaho, and St. Louis. She has active collaborations in México, Puerto Rico, and Michigan.
In Oregon, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is collaborating with Iris Educational Media to develop and implement Padres Preparados, a preventive parenting intervention for Spanish-speaking parents of preschool aged children. Padres Preparados is a Parent Management Training - Oregon (PMTO) model informed intervention. 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). CAPAS and/or CAPAS-based interventions have been implemented in Mexico City (Amador Buenabad, PI) and Michigan (Parra-Cadona, PI).
In Idaho, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is collaborating with colleagues on a Heath Resources and Services Administration grant. The project, Pipeline to Diversity, seeks to increase recruitment and retention of ethnic, linguistically, and culturally diverse students into the Physician Assistant Studies program at Idaho State University. Pipeline to Diversity also targets linguistic and cultural competence of currently enrolled students with the ultimate goal of improving access to medical services for marginalized populations.
In St. Louis, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is collaborating with colleagues on a pilot project to implement PMTO training in university settings using distance education technology (Baumann, PI) with the ultimate goal of providing a sustainable model for dissemination of evidence-based interventions.
Dr. Domenech Rodríguez actively participates in activities that provide "service to the profession." At present she is President of the National Latina/o Psychological Association. On the Utah State University campus, Dr. Domenech Rodríguez serves as the Chair of the Institutional Review Board. She is also a proud "Ally on Campus."
Dr. Domenech Rodríguez is a licensed psychologist in Utah, Idaho, 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 under the joint mentorship of Drs. Ana Mari Cauce and Marion Forgatch. Dr. Domenech Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico and currently lives in Logan, UT. She has two children.
Research Interests: Ethnicity and mental health, research ethics