Zenaida Rivera

Zenaida Rivera

Clinical Psychology Graduate Student


Zenaida Rivera

 Zenaida Anastasia Rivera was born in New York, New York. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2010. She graduated with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University in 2013. After graduating, Zenaida worked for two years as a research assistant in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s LGBT Health and Development program. During that time she also worked as a community mental health counselor in the Chicago area.
Zenaida moved to Detroit to study Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University in 2015. She works with Dr. Valerie Simon in her research on the development of peer and romantic relationships for young adolescents, some of whom have experienced sexual abuse. Zenaida's research and clinical interests include sexual and romatic relationships of LGBT populations, racial and ethnic minority issues, adolescents and emerging adult populations, resiliency, and trauma.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

  • B.A., Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2010
  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 2013

Selected Publications

 DuBois, L. Z., Macapagal, K., Rivera, Z., Prescott, T., Ybarra, M., & Mustanski, B. (2015). To have sex or not to have sex? An online focus group study of sexual decision making among sexually experienced and inexperienced gay and bisexual adolescent men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44(7), 2027-2040. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0521-5

Macapagal, K. R., Greene, G., Rivera, Z. A., & Mustanski, B. (2015). “The best is always yet to come”: Relationship stages and processes among same-sex couples in emerging adulthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(3), 309-320. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000094

Courses taught

 PSY 1010, Introductory Psychology Laboratory, Spring/Summer2016