Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, siva) PhD, LPCCs, NCC, CCMHC, is a speaker and content expert on topics related to mental health, sexual wellbeing, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander concerns. Her work has been featured in Forbes Health, National Public Radio (NPR), podcasts, and news outlets.
Dr. Litam is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University, a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor, as well as a diplomate and clinical sexologist with the American Board of Sexology. Dr. Litam is a member of the Forbes Health Advisory Board, and she is internationally recognized for her pioneering work on trauma-informed strategies for supporting sex trafficking survivors as well as the impact of COVID-19 related discrimination on the mental health and wellbeing of disaggregated AAPI communities. She is an immigrant and identifies as a Chinese and Filipina American woman.
Dr. Litam is a prolific scholar with over 40 academic publications. With a total of 16 research articles archived in the World Health Organization’s global literature database on COVID-19, she is one of the foremost leading experts on the impact of anti-Asian hate on the mental health of diverse AAPI communities, COVID-19’s influence on sex and relationships, as well as the pandemic’s impact on stress, burnout, and moral injury in the workplace.
Dr. Litam’s work has resulted in a total of 14 national awards and 11 state and regional awards. She is an advocate for social justice issues, and she is passionate about ensuring culturally responsive content is accessible for all organizations in need.