Martin Vitorino, Ph.D. is the Director of Programming at InsightLA. Martin leads guided meditations at InsightLA East Hollywood and facilitates the Mindful Transitions for the Transgender Community event that takes place on the first Sunday of every month. He is 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 the transgender 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 that support healing and a sense of belonging. He is also on the speaker’s bureau of PFLAG Los Angeles.