Plena means whole and complete. Plena is also a folkloric dance born in the barrios of Ponce, Puerto Rico. With its roots in African music it was transformed into a uniquely Puerto Rican expression by the influences of Jíbaro, native Taino, and European musical traditions. Plena also held an important role in Puerto Rican living as it served to preserve the stories of everyday folks and address important social and political issues.

Aligned with this definition, the PLENA research lab at Arizona State University (ASU)'s Counseling and Counseling Psychology Departmentseeks to produce multiculturally competent research thus giving a voice to psychological narratives that remain alienated and under-represented in research and academia. Through systematic research we intend to explore complex cultural mechanisms that impact the lives of Latinx in the U.S. We are also focused on impacting our neighboring Latinx community by collaborating with local Latinx-serving organizations. 

Members of PLENA are a select team of undergraduate and graduate students, under the guidance of Dr. Cristalís Capielo Rosario. The student members of the team work together to conceptualize new studies, critique, revise existing studies and manuscripts, provide new avenues for advocacy and outreach, and provide support to colleagues.


Newest PLENA Publications!

Capielo, C., Lance, C., Delgado-Romero, E. A., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (in press). Acculturated and Aculturaos: Testing bidimensional acculturation across Central Florida and island Puerto Ricans. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., Gallardo, M., Capielo, C., Romero, E. D., & Field, L. (in press). NLPA Ethical Guidelines. Journal of Latinx Psychology. 

Delgado-Romero, E., Unkefer, E. N. S., Capielo, C., & Crowell, C. N. (2017). El que oye consejos, llega a viejo: Examining the published life narratives of U.S. Latino/a psychologists. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 5(3), 127-141. doi:http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/10.1037/lat0000071.



Dr. Capielo is features in "Researcher navigates the intersections of Latino culture and mental health."


Congratulations Roberto Renteria on being selected to participate in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT). This summer Roberto will be in Mexico conducting research on health disparities. 

Congratulations Amber Schaefer on passing your thesis proposal!

Congratulations Roberto Renteria on successfully defending your thesis! 

Research Opportunities

Students interested in gaining individual instruction research credits can do so my enrolling in PSY 499 Class # 93423.

This is a great opportunity for students to be socialized into multicultural psychological research (e.g., conference participation), learn research skills (e.g., data coding, analyzing), and be engaged in community research collaborations