Kevin Nadal is truly a one-man show. A New Yorker by way of California, he has been involved in the Pilipino American, Asian Pacific American, ethnic minority, and LGBT 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 Counseling Psychology from Columbia University in New York City.
Dr. Nadal is considered one of the leading scholars on Filipino American identity and mental health 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, Asian American Psychology: Current Perspectives, Encyclopedia of Cross-cultural Psychology, Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of College Student Development, and the Encyclopedia of Counseling. His first book, Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice (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 forthcoming book That’s So Gay: Microaggressions and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community (APA Books) will be launched in the near future.
As an artist, Kevin has been performing standup comedy and one-man shows across the US for the past decade. Combining standup comedy, spoken word, storytelling, song, and dance, he performs regularly in his adopted hometown of New York City, but also in numerous venues in 21 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") have been 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.
Kevin is a fellow for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- which provided funding for his Physical Activity and Pilipino American Youth Assessment (PAPAYA) project. He is the president of the Filipino American National Historical Society Metro-New York Chapter, and is also a FANHS National Trustee. He is 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.
As the manager 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 is also a mental health trainer for the New York Police Department and has served as a cultural expert and consultant with many legal cases.
Dr. Nadal has also made appearances on the History Channel, PBS, Forbes.com, and Home & Garden Television. He has been featured in Filipinas Magazine and Philippine News, and has been mentioned in several media outlets including 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 where he is also the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling Masters program. He is one of the leading scholars on microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination toward people of color, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and people from religious minority groups. His Racial and Ethnic Microaggressions Scale (REMS) was published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Kevin enjoys spending his free time with his family and friends, in addition to traveling all over the world and experiencing new adventures. His hobbies include karaokeing, going to the gym, trying to keep up in hip hop and street jazz dance classes, practicing Bikram Yoga, walking the streets of New York City with his dog, Christiano Tomas, and keeping updated with his favorite TV shows: Glee, 30 Rock, Project Runway, How I Met Your Mother, and My Life on the D List.
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.