Get to Know José Francisco Avilés-Acosta, PsyD (Elle|They|Them)

José in their office
Clinical Services Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

José Francisco Avilés-Acosta (elle/they/them) is a non-binary licensed Clinical Psychologist at the 225 Calhoun location. They are the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator for Clinical Services and liaison to Resident Education and Development (RED) and Ethnic Program and Services (EPS). They hold a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University of Puerto Rico and additional trainings in Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, Liberation Psychology, Psychodrama, Art Therapy Techniques, and the Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy.

Their approach to therapy is grounded in mutuality and collaboration with students. They take a contextual approach informed by Pluralistic approaches and Liberation Psychology with a focus on increasing moments of well-being. They often integrate student’s resources, goals, and knowledge in the therapeutic process. They have interest and have worked with LGBTQIA+ folx, polyamorous folx, mood disorders, anxiety, transitions, relational concerns, boundaries, lifestyle management, sleep hygiene, financial management, emotional regulation, and struggles with connection, among others.

Additionally, they have published three collections of poetry, were employed as a hairstylist and beauty advisor for Sally Beauty before becoming a psychologist, and enjoy mopping and cooking. They are from Puerto Rico and have been described as being very energetic, warm, and kind by others. They live with their partner at the moment and wake up before 6 am every day!

They want to learn more about Puerto Rican recipes so they can feel at home while at Cincinnati, and they love how they are frequently up and about moving around the CAPS office making noise and three accounts they follow on Instagram that they highly recommend are: @yourdiagnonse, @lizlistens, and @dra.alondramendez