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Oliva M. Espín
(12 December 1938 - living) U.S.A.

Oliva M. Espín

Professor, psychotherapist, writer


Professor of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and part-time core faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology-San Diego. In her long standing work as a psychotherapist, teacher and consultant, Dr. Espín has emphasized work with women.

She was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds, particularly US-born Latinas and immigrant /refugee women. She has done extensive research, teaching, and training on diversity issues in psychology. She has also served in several boards and committees of the American Psychological Association and other professional organizations.

Professor Espín has taught at McGill, Tufts, Boston University and the Universidad de Costa Rica. A native of Cuba, she did her undergraduate work in psychology at the Universidad de Costa Rica and her doctorate at the University of Florida. Professor Espin has done research and published on psychotherapy with Latinas, women immigrant and refugees, the sexuality of Latinas, language in therapy with fluent bilinguals and training clinicians to work with multicultural populations, and, most recently, feminist and psychological understandings of the lives and writings of women saints.


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