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.

Recent Awards and Recognitions 

In the Fall of 2014 the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic honored Dr. Lopez with the Evis Coda Award for Building Hope for Families for his longtime leadership in advancing cultural competency in mental health service provision, epsecially as it pertains to Latinos.

 Left to Right: USC's Steven R. Lopez Ph.D., Clinic Board Chairperson Wayne Moore, Clinic President/CEO Betsy Pfromm, LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Dr. Marv Southard, Director LA County Dept. Mental Health. Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic.

 Left to Right: USC's Steven R. Lopez Ph.D., Clinic Board Chairperson Wayne Moore, Clinic President/CEO Betsy Pfromm,LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Dr. Marv Southard, Director LA County Dept. Mental Health. Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. 

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