Douglas Sadownick, Ph.D., has been a gay-centered psychological activist for several decades and has been the founding director of the LGBT Specialization at Antioch University since 2006. He has worked with Dr. Joy Turek, Chair of the Master’s Program, Dr. Lauren Costine, and Thomas Mondragon to launch the specialization’s programs, one of which is Colors. He has written scholarly articles on gay individuation and two books: Sacred Lips of the Bronx, and Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, postwar to present. He helped develop Highways Performance Art Space, and wrote regularly for L.A. Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. He is a founding member of the Institute for Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis and is a licensed psychotherapist in Hollywood.
Zari Hedayat, Ph.D, MFT, has been in clinical practice for 30 years and a faculty at Antioch for over 20 years. Her clinical training has been rooted in psychodynamic theories. In the last decade, her work with PTSD has led to an integration of neuroscientifically informed interventions, such as EMDR and Neurofeedback, within her larger object relations perspective.
She enjoys working with a wide range of population. Her expertise include but are not limited to: addiction, PTSD, perinatal mental health, and diversity.
She has been a supervisor for Valley Community Clinic, as well as for the Infant Mental Health Specialist Training program at the Early Childhood Foundation of Cedar Sinai Medical Center and she has overseen 3 private interns through licensure. In addition, Zari is part of a trauma sensitive training progam for the Mental Health Program for two of the the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy schools.
Dr. Lopez grew up as a gay child farm worker in central California and a is a native of Zacatecas, Mexico. He is openly gay and an NIH funded psychology/neuroscience researcher in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences/Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, in the David Geffen School of Medicine. His interest lies in addressing issues which impact gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people of color and the homophobic impact on these individuals. He is in the Advance Training at the Institute of Contemporary Uranian Psychoanalysis. Dr. Lopez was the Head of Psychology at Cedars from 2007 to 2010. He was a committee member for the AIDS Project Los Angeles in its human subject research division.
Thomas Mondragon, M.A., Affiliate Faculty
Thomas Mondragon, M.A., has been involved with programming and operations at Colors since its founding in 2011. He participates in the training of counselors through his work as affiliate faculty at the Antioch University LGBT Specialization, where all Colors counselors study and get their Masters in Clinical Psychology. He was instrumental in creating another training site for LGBT Specialization students: Antioch Alive, partnered with Being Alive, a longtime HIV non-profit organization in West Hollywood. As affiliate faculty in Antioch’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Thomas has taught courses including “LGBT Multicultural Mental Health,” “LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy,” and “Intercultural Transpersonal and Depth Psychology.” His private practice in West Hollywood focuses on gay-centered affirmative psychotherapy. He has extensive experience working with dual diagnosis treatment in various substance abuse treatment programs, and has served as an outpatient clinical director at Clearview Treatment Programs.
Cadyn Cathers, M.A., has been involved with programming and operations at Colors since he joined the faculty at the LGBT Specialization at Antioch University in 2012. He provides consultation on many issues, including transgender, gender queer, and gender diverse clients. He is the first out transgender graduate of Antioch University’s LGBT Specialization. He teaches “Human Sexuality,” the LGBT Specialization gateway class, and “Transgender and Gender Diverse Clients: An Affirmative Approach.” He has done a multitude of in-service trainings with clinics and other universities around Los Angeles and Ventura counties on working with sexual and gender diversity. Additionally, he is an MFT intern at the Los Angeles Gender Center, where he focuses on clinical work with gender diverse adults and their partners and conducts research in the area of transgender-affirmative relational psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Charlie Sparks, Work Study
Charlie is a BA candidate at AULA who aims to continue through to the Masters and Doctoral levels of education to become a Psychotherapist and Professor. He is 24 years old, engaged, and is extremely excited to be spreading Colors’ message via social media and other avenues.