Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. is the Director of Programming at InsightLA. He is also a graduate of InsightLA's Facilitator Training program and is trained by Courage of Care in Oakland, CA to teach a model that merges sustainable compassion practices with social justice activism. He is passionate about sharing meditation and self-compassion practices with people in LGBT and Queer communities.
Prior to joining InsightLA, Martin trained foster parents and social workers in the child welfare system on ways to better understand and support LGBTQ young people in foster care. Martin earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University where he researched resiliency in women who had been incarcerated. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. In a volunteer capacity, he organizes heart-centered retreats for transgender men and trans masculine people that support healing and a sense of belonging. He is also on the speaker's bureau of PFLAG Los Angeles.