Shifting Identities: From CMC Grad to UCLA Professor
MARCH 20, 2001

What does it mean for mental health professionals to
be competent in providing services to culturally
diverse communities? Steven Lopez, a member of
the psychology faculty of UCLA, has committed
his expertise to answering this very question. His main area
of research concerns the study of how sociocultural factors influence the
psychopathology, assessment, and intervention of Latinos and
other ethnic minority groups. More recently he has been
studying how families react to relatives with schizophrenia,
particularly Latino families.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Steven Lopez obtained
his undergraduate and graduate education in California at
Claremont McKenna College and UCLA, respectively. He
received his bachelor's degree in 1975 and his doctorate degree
in 1983. Lopez was a member of the psychology faculty at the
University of Southern California from 1982 to 1991.

Lopez has published numerous journal articles and book
chapters on this topic and is a fellow of Division 45 of the
American Psychological Association. In addition to his research,
he maintained a clinical practice for several years in both public
and private mental health facilities. He also has been a consultant to
numerous mental health and health organizations on how to
improve their staff's cultural competence. From 1995-99 he
directed a summer research training program for U.S. minority
students in Mexico City in collaboration with the Instituto
Mexicano de Psiquiatria
and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma
de Mexico

Steven Lopez is the father of CMC student Jessica '01 and is the
third speaker in the series featuring parents of CMC seniors.