Leonardo Candelario Pérez, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Leonardo Candelario Pérez

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-1500

Fax 612-625-133

Office Address:
1300 South 2nd St
Suite 180
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Postdoctoral fellow, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Human Sexuality Fellowship, University of Minnesota

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Albizu University


Leonardo E. Candelario Pérez, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Candelario provides individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy in English and Spanish for a wide range of sexual health issues including: transgender (i.e., gender identity issues in adolescents and adults) and sexual orientation issues, relationship and sexual problems. He practices using integrative interventions drawing from a biopsychosocial/ multicultural perspective, health psychology and cognitive-behavioral theories in his approach to addressing a variety of mental health concerns and sexual health problems. Candelario Pérez’s doctoral research examined the influence of cultural factors like religion and psychological factors like sensation seeking in the manifestation of sexual behaviors in Puerto Rican adults. His clinical training has included experience in assessment and treatment of individuals with comorbid mental health and poly-substance use, community mental health, child and family therapy, HIV treatment and LGBT health.

Pronouns: he/him and they/them


  • English
  • Spanish



Rider, G. N., Vencill, J. A., Berg, D. R., Becker-Warner, R., Candelario-Perez, L., & Spencer, K. G. (in press). The Gender Affirmative Lifespan Approach (GALA™): A model for competent clinical care with genderqueer and nonbinary clients. [Special Issue]. International Journal of Transgenderism, accepted for publication June 1, 1018.