Andrew S. Arriaga is a counseling psychology doctoral student in the UT Austin College of Education's Educational Psychology Department. He is a member of Dr. Mike Parent's Gender, Sexuality, and Behavioral Health (GSBH) Lab.
Andrew was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle and graduated from Lubbock High School in 2005, following his passions to New York City shortly after. He attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Culture, Identity, and the Arts in 2009. Following seven years of work in the events industry in Austin, Texas, Andrew developed a reignited interest in the study of the mind, sociocultural issues, and psychological research, leading him to continue his academic journey in the field of counseling psychology. He entered the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at The University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2017.
Andrew's research is centered on psychological, sociocultural, and systemic factors related to help-seeking behaviors and health inequities in marginalized populations; the use of health inequities research to effect policy change; intra- and inter-community conflicts impacting sexual and gender minority individuals; and the intersection of sexual orientation, gender, and ethnoracial status in identity development processes. In 2018, Andrew was inducted into the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars program, a national leadership development effort for doctoral students across disciplines who want to apply their research to help build healthier and more equitable communities.
Andrew is also actively engaged in service and advocacy work aimed at addressing LGBTQ+ health and wellness disparities. In his local community, Andrew has acted as the Logistics Advisor and a Founding Board Member for the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, as well as a volunteer and Drop-In Group Facilitator at Out Youth. Nationally, he is affiliated with the American Psychological Association, in which he is active in various committees addressing issues affecting the LGBTQ+ population; the Association for Psychological Science; and GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality.