Biographical Sketch

Steven R. Lopez, Ph.D.

Steven LopezI am a professor of psychology at USC. I was born in Tucson, Arizona where my family has lived since 1830. In 1971 I began my undergraduate studies at Claremont McKenna College where culture and ethnicity were my major interests. After graduating in 1975 with a BA in psychology I returned to Tucson to work as a Rural Community Mental Health Worker at La Frontera Community Mental Health Center. Two years later I entered the doctoral program in clinical psychology at UCLA where I furthered my interests in improving services for Latinos. Following my graduate education, I have been a professor of psychology at USC for 16 years and at UCLA for 16 year. I have several lines of research that focus on culture, serious mental illness, families, and intervention. I maintain an active collaboration with researchers in Mexico. For many years, I had a small but active clinical practice. I am currently the Director of Clinical Training of USC’s clinical psychology program.  I was one of the five science editors for the Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity. I am most proud of my family. I have been married 36 years, have 4 daughters ages 25 to 36, and three nietos.


  • Dr. Steven R. Lopez, Ph.D.
  • University of Southern California
  • Dornsife College, Psychology Department
  • 3620 McClintock Avenue, SGM 501
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061