Major Areas of Research

Prosocial Family Factors in the Course of Schizophrenia among Mexican Americans

The main purpose of the study is to examine positive family functioning and its relationship to the course of illness. The family assessment procedures, including interviews and observation of family interactions, are used to gain a better understanding of what family members do to be supportive of their ill relative with schizophrenia. 

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Helping Mexican Families Care for Relatives with Serious Mental Illness 

This multi-phased study consists of conducting a public education campaign to Latino communities within California as well as a community in Puebla, Mexico with the intent of teaching participants to recognize a serious mental illness and reduce the help-seeking time.

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The Development of Culturally Competent Mental Health Care 

The main purpose of the study is to increase culturally competent behaviors in therapists dealing with culturally diverse clients. Phase I of the study has two aims. Aim 1 of the study is to operationalize a cultural competence model into a treatment approach. We will develop a treatment manual of our conceptual model of cultural competence, which we refer to as "Shifting Cultural Lenses."

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Research Training

Latino Mental Health Research Training Program

Funded by NIH's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Latino Mental Health Research Training Program is contributing to the cadre of young investigators that will address disparities in mental health care of U.S. Latinos with serious mental illness. The very best young researchers from health disparities populations, particularly Latinos, will be recruited to develop their research and professional skills, and to help them earn research oriented doctoral degrees to reduce and eliminate mental health disparities for Latinos.

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