Darren Bernal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

    Office Hours

    • Tuesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Wednesday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • Note: And by appointment.



    • A., Catholic University (General Psychology)
    • D., University of Miami (Counseling Psychology)


    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Human Sexuality
    • Positive Psychology
    • Internship in the Helping Professions
    • Humanities 414
    • Cultural Psychology

    Research and Professional Interests

    Darren Bernal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He is a clinician and academic who earned his Counseling Psychology Ph.D. from the University of Miami and M.A. in General Psychology from the Catholic University of America. A recipient of four teaching awards, Dr. Bernal's clinical work and teaching focuses on sociocultural factors that affect psychological, sexual, and social functioning. His research focuses on the measurement and function of socioeconomic status in mental health disparities, mindfulness, performance, and psychological well-being. He grew up in Jamaica before migrating to Washington, DC and continues to focus on the global role of psychology in low-income populations. He is the former chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Socioeconomic Status. When he is not teaching, providing therapy, or researching mental health inequities, he can often be found working on his favorite “R&R” plan of rowing and reading.