COVES Fellow Profile

Geovani Muñoz

  • Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Office of Recovery Services (ORS)

“I greatly appreciated the opportunity of working alongside ORS staff and hope to continue my journey in policy research.”

Summer Responsibilities: As a COVES fellow, Geovani helped ORS create a quality assurance measurement that could be used to assess recovery residences throughout the state. To produce his report, he researched government agencies with similar initiatives, examined national standards for recovery residences, and joined ORS staff for site visits.

Background: Geovani’s research interests are in the area of addressing mental health disparities among racial-ethnic minoritized communities, improving mental health utilization, investigating systemic factors (e.g., public policy) impacting mental health access, and substance use.


  • Ph.D. candidate, Counseling Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S., Psychology, California State Polytechnic University (Pomona)