Clark psychologist named editor-in-chief of Journal of Latina/o Psychology

February 20, 2017

Esteban V. Cardemil, associate professor of psychology, has been named editor-in-chief of the Journal of Latina/o Psychology (JLP), a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA) that features research, advocacy, education, and policy relevant to Latino communities. Professor Cardemil served as one of the associate editors of the JLP since the journal’s founding four years ago. 

Cardemil leads the Culture, Community, and Mental Health laboratory at Clark. His research focuses on understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the United States that disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.

According to Cardemil, JLP will continue to publish high-quality research that advances the understanding of issues that are of relevance to Latinas/os, including immigration, education, health and wellness, and mental health and treatment. This year the journal will publish a special issue on therapeutic interventions that work effectively with the Latina/o population. Cardemil said future issues of the journal will focus on innovative methods and gender and sexual minority mental health.

Cardemil said the JLP “fills a critical need for the field, given the tremendous growth in the Latina/o population over the past few decades.

"Research on disenfranchised and underrepresented groups is always challenging; the current sociopolitical context makes it even more so,” said Cardemil. “By illuminating the experiences of Latina/os in the United States, JLP both advances our knowledge and gives voice to those who are traditionally ignored.”

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Cardemil has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals including Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Administration and Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Services Research, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

He's a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the National Latino Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, and the Society for Research on Adolescence.

The recipient of many research awards, Cardemil recently completed a Health Needs Assessment for the Worcester Department of Public Health and served as co-investigator of “An innovative approach to preventing depression in African American girls,” a multi-year study funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health.  

Cardemil has been a Clark faculty member since 2002.