2018 NLPA Conferencia

San Diego, CA

October 18 - October 21

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What to expect at the 2018 Conference

The National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) is a national organization of mental health professionals, academics, researchers, and students whose objective is to generate and advance psychological knowledge and foster its effective application for the benefit of Latinas/os.

NLPA’s membership represents a rich diversity of national background, ethnicity, cultural origin, religious tradition, and political ideology. We work in a wide range of professional and academic settings. 

Bienvenida Welcoming & Networking Reception

It is a great opportunity to reunite and make new long lasting professional connections and friendships.

Cultural Event

This event offers attendees another opportunity to network and recognize the presence and contributions of Latina/o communities in the United States and celebrate our rich heritage and culture. 

Noche de Gala: Awards, Dinner, & Dance Reception

Our largest and most anticipated event is our Noche de Gala. During this party attendees dine, celebrate accomplishments and dance until morning.

Community Engagement & Service

During this activity, conference attendees put into action NLPA mission to serve the Latinx community. 


"Por medio de su apoyo imenso NLPA a cambiado la vida de miles y nos empoderá a seguir unidos."

"NLPA has been the highlight of my year thus far - I got to meet my idol who said she will help me become even greater than her."

"I haven't even had time to process all the awesomeness from the three different panels that I participated in yesterday- I was blown away by Latinx faculty personal career stories...The cherry on top was presenting my own participatory action research with top notch colleagues. #NLPA16 #SoMuchGoodness." 

#NLPA2016 Beautiful. Powerful. Looking forward to #NLPA2018."




Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego CA, 92122


Oct 18 - Oct 21, 2018



Fred Millán
2018 NLPA President

Alinne Barrera
2018 Conference Chair

Roberto Abreu          Conference Vice-Chair

Cynthia Guzmán                  Dave Panana                          Owl Springs Consulting, LLC

Jorge Ballesteros                  2018 Student Assistant   

scientific committee

Edil Torres-Rivera

hospitality committee

Jorge Ballesteros

sponsorship committee

Jesus Rodriguez

ce committee

Milton Fuentes

awards committee

Eduardo Morales

Brandy Piña-Watson

social media committee

Hector Adames               

Program - Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the 2018 Keynote Speakers!

Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D. is a renowned family therapy author, teacher, and psychologist. She is widely respected for her expertise on immigrant families and particularly Latino families. She is Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego where she also directs the mental health services for the Student Run Free Health Clinics. The work at these clinics focuses on addressing the mental health care needs of underserved families, particularly Latinos, and teaching health and mental health practitioners to consider the impact of migration and culture on health risks and strengths. Dr. Falicov has pioneered writings on family transitions, migration, culture and context in clinical practice. Her books include Cultural Perspectives in Family Therapy; Family Transitions: Continuity and Change over the Life Cycle, and the widely praised Latino Families in Therapy (2nd Edition, 2014). She also co-authored the 2014 APA book Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision.

Ed Morales is a New York-based journalist, author, poet and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. He is a longtime contributor to the Village Voice with additional work appearing in Rolling StoneThe New York Times, Miami HeraldSan Francisco Examiner, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Jacobin, and The Nation. He is the author of Living in Spanglish (2002) and The Latin Beat: From Rumba to Rock (2003). His new book, Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture, will be available later this year!

Hotel Registration & Transportation

hyatt regency la jolla at aventine

Our 2018 Conferencia will take place at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. Enjoy the abundant riches of San Diego’s “Golden Triangle” during your stay. Visit the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum, spend a day kayaking, take a Baja Lobster or Wine tour, see live theater or shop San Diego’s trendy boutiques.

CONFERENCE RATES available from October 14-25, 2018

Professionals   $149/night

Students           $119/night

Hotel parking rate for NLPA attendees will be $15/day.

To request and receive information about room sharing, click here.


United Airlines

Reservation and ticketing is available via or by calling United Meetings Reservations at 800-­426­-1122 (a service fee will apply). Provide the Z Code: ZE8M and the Meeting Code: 640898

Delta Airlines

Reservations and ticketing is available via or by calling Delta Meeting Network Reservations at 800-328-1111. When booking online at, select 'Book Your Flight' and enter your Meeting Code: NMR86

Southwest Airlines

Information Coming Soon

CAR RENTALS promotional codes

Budget Car Rental

To make a reservation, call 1 (800) 842-5628 and provide the Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number: U007502 

You may also go directly to here (link includes the BCD number).

Avis Car Rental

To make a reservation, call 1 (800) 331-1600 and provide the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number is D317029

You may also go directly to here (link includes the AWD number).


Reservations can be made through the Super Shuttle app, visiting the website here (link includes the discount code) or by calling 1-800-258-3826. Enter or mention the code BUGBD to receive $2 off one way and $4 off round trip shared-ride shuttle transportation.

NOTE: There is a $3.00 reservation booking fee when making reservations by telephone. There is no booking fee when making reservations online or through the mobile app.




Call for Nominations for the 2018 NLPA Awards

Award Nomination Deadline:  January 15, 2018

The NLPA Awards will be presented during the Noche de Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 20, 2018. 

While persons who are not members of NLPA may be nominated to the awards, all awardees would need to be members of NLPA before the bestowing of an award. It is expected that awardees will attend the conference to receive their award.

Please contact Awards Committee Co-chairs by email if you have any questions:

Eduardo Morales, Ph.D. ( and Brandy Piña-Watson, Ph.D. (

Conference Registration


Call for Papers Submission is now CLOSED!

Please contact the Scientific Programming Committee Chair, Dr. Edil Torres Rivera ( if you have any questions.