June 21 2002

Cal State San Marcos Psychology Professor Named Director of University’s National Latino Research Center

Gerardo González, professor of phychology, has been appointed director of the National Latino Research Center (NLRC) at California State University San Marcos. His appointment will begin July 1, announced Pat Worden, interim associate vice president for research.

González joined the university in 1991, and his research has emphasized Latino and cultural/linguistic minority populations, including dropout prevention with Latino middle school children, college persistence in under-represented university students, and prevention of depression in primary care for Spanish-speaking populations. At Cal State San Marcos his research activities have included the detection of clinical depression via culturally sensitive computer-assisted assessment techniques.

From 1997 to 2000, González served as the chair of the Department of Psychology. He has also served as chair of Academic Senate and has been the principal investigator or major grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

González’s responsibilities as NLRC director will include providing leadership for the center’s applied research and research-based services that contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the rapidly growing U.S. Latino population. He will represent and promote the NLRC locally, through community-based outreach, and nationally.

“I’m committed to the success of the center,” said González of his appointment to the NLRC. “And, I’m very excited about the opportunity to pursue Latino-based scholarship and grant activity for the campus. We can’t ignore that the Latino populations are a significant part of our community, the State of California, and the United States. We have to establish a strong empirical basis for understanding similarities and differences in Latino populations, especially when these issues contribute to challenges in health, education, and employment.”

The NLRC was established in 1997 by Professor Fernando Soriano to promote scientific research, exchange of information, training, and technical assistance and services related to the U.S. Latino population. NLRC services include training, data collection, translation, needs assessment, program evaluation, surveys, consulting and technical assistance. More information about the NLRC is available at www.csusm.edu/nlrc.

González received a Ph.D. in 1989 from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno. He completed his predoctoral and postdoctoral clinical training at the University of California, Berkeley, and a clinical-research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. As director of NLRC he will remain a faculty member of the Department of Psychology and maintain an active research program.

González lives in San Marcos, Calif.

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