Dr. Jay Bettergarcia (they/them) is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology & Child Development at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. They direct the Queer Community Action, Research, Education, and Support (QCARES) research team. Dr. Bettergarcia’s research explores trans and nonbinary mental health, interventions to reduce minority stress and increase resilience, and best practices for training providers in gender-affirming care. Dr. Bettergarcia is also a licensed psychologist and owner of The Center for Collaborative Transformations, a therapy and training center providing gender affirming therapy training, and consultation rooted in anti-racism, liberation, and radical healing. They serve as a member of the task force to revising the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People.
Financial: Dr. Jay Bettergarcia maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with California Polytechnic State University and Therapy with Stacy. They receive a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. They has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jay Bettergarcia is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Central Coast Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Association.