Kevin Nadal is truly a one-man show. A New Yorker by way of California, he has been involved in the Filipino American, Asian Pacific American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ communities for the past 20 years. After attaining BA's in Psychology and Political Science from the University of California at Irvine and an MA in Counseling from Michigan State University, he received his Ph.D. in Teachers College - Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York City.
Dr. Nadal is considered one of the leading scholars on microaggressions, Filipino American identity, and LGBTQ issues in the US. He initially published his "Pilipino American Identity Development Model" in 2004, and since then, he has advocated for culturally competent services for Filipino Americans in education, psychology, and health. He has published in numerous journals and books including : The American Psychologist; Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development; Journal of Counseling and Development; Journal of College Student Development; Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender; Asian American Journal of Psychology; and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. His first book, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (Second Edition: Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2011), is the first book of its kind. In 2009, he embarked on a 55-stop international book tour with stops in New York, California, Florida, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Toronto, and London. He is the editor of Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives (Author House, 2010) and the co-editor of Women and Mental Disorders (Praeger, 2011). His Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions Scale (REMS) was published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology. His newest book That’s So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (American Psychological Association, 2013) was published in conjunction with APA Division 44: Society on the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues.
As an artist, Kevin performed standup comedy and one-man shows across the US for over a decade. Combining standup comedy, spoken word, storytelling, song, and dance, he performed regularly in his adopted hometown of New York City, but also in numerous venues in 25 out of the 50 US States. Two of his one-man shows ("Pinoy: A one man show about growing up F/Pilipino in America" and "Single: A one-man show about Sex, Love, and Karaoke") were performed all over the country, and he headlined one cabaret act ("Psychotherapy") at the world famous Duplex in New York City. He has also headlined at the world famous Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Bowery Poetry Club, Laugh Lounge, and the Actors Temple Theater.
In 2006, he was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors. In 2007, Kevin gained international attention when he led a nation-wide campaign against ABC Studios for negative comments made about Filipino medical schools. As a result, he was invited as a special guest on the O'Reilly Factor with Bill O'Reilly on the FoxNews Channel, along with many interviews on the Filipino Channel and other media outlets. Because of this activism, he received a service award from the Philippine Economic and Cultural Endowement in 2008. He has also received awards from the Filipino American Human Services, Inc. (FAHSI), Kalusugan Coalition, Inc., and DiversityBusiness.com. In 2011, he received the “Early Career Award for Contributions to Excellence” by the Asian American Psychological Association. In 2012, he received the Emerging Professional Award for Research from the American Psychological Association, Society for the Study for Racial and Ethnic Issues in Psychology.
Kevin is a grantee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- which provided funding for his Physical Activity and Pilipino American Youth Assessment (outtalk) project. He is the president of the Filipino American National Historical Society Metro-New York Chapter, and is also a FANHS National Trustee. From 2010-2012, he was a member of the Committee for LGBT Concerns for the American Psychological Association, as well as an executive board member of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA). He was elected Vice President of AAPA in 2012, President-Elect in 2014, and is serving as AAPA president from 2015-2017.
As the founder of Kevin Nadal Consulting, he has facilitated numerous trainings on multicultural competence in corporate and non-profit organizations. He has delivered many keynote speeches and lectures around the country focusing on racial microaggressions, racial & ethnic identity, Filipino and Asian American experiences, mental health, activism, and issues facing LGBTQ communities of color. He was also a mental health trainer for the New York Police Department for 7 years and continues to serve as a cultural expert and consultant with many legal cases.
Dr. Nadal has also made appearances on the History Channel, PBS, Forbes.com, The Weather Channel, and Home & Garden Television. His work has been published in the New York Times and Buzzfeed. He has been featured in Filipinas Magazine and Philippine News, and has been cited in several media outlets including ABC's "The View", The Huffington Post, CNN.com, ABCnews.com, Foxnews.com, Filipino Reporter, Asian Reporter, The Guardian, New York Sun, Los Angeles Times, and San Jose Mercury News. He was featured in the 2008 Independent Film, Brown Soup Thing and the 2010 documentary film, The Hidden Dream.
Dr. Nadal is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College for Criminal Justice- City University of New York (CUNY) where he served as the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Masters program for 6 years. In 2010, he was appointed to the doctoral faculty of Clinical Psychology at the Graduate Center (CUNY) and in 2015, he was appointed to the doctoral faculty of Critical Social Personality Psychology. In 2014, he began a three year term as the Executive Director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center - the oldest university-based LGBTQ research center in the country.
Kevin enjoys spending his free time with his husband, RJ, and their 7-pound chihuahua Christiano Tomas. His hobbies include karaokeing, pretending to go to the gym, traveling, and celebrating Halloween all year round.
Kevin's mission in life is to save the world... one young person at a time. Specifically, he hopes to make the world a better place for Filipino Americans, LGBTQ youth and all oppressed groups whose voices are often not heard. He hopes to do so through education, entertainment, love, and soul connecting.
If you are interested in booking a performance, workshop, or speech by Kevin, please do so at KN.Publicist@gmail.com.