Felipe González-Castro, Ph.D.
Ph.D. University of Washington
M.S.W. University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work in 1976 from the UCLA School of Social Welfare, and then my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1981 from the University of Washington, after completing a 1 year internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute with a focus on Behavioral Medicine.
I began my academic career in 1981 as one of the first Health Psychologists with membership as Assistant Professor in the Clinical Area of the UCLA Department of Psychology, and as faculty in their newly developed Health Psychology Program. Since then, I served as Associate Professor in the Division of Health Promotion at the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University. In 1991 I joined the Department of Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Program at Arizona State University. There I served as Co-Investigator and member of the Resilience Solutions Project that studies resilience in individuals and communities. In 2011 I joined the Department of Psychology at UTEP and serve as the Director of its Doctoral Program in Health Psychology.
My research has focused on the study of health disparities in Latino and other racial/ethnic minority populations. Conversely, I also study resilience and other health outcomes despite exposure to difficult life events. I adopt a Stress-Coping-Resilience paradigm understanding the factors that promote resilience. I also developed the Integrative Mixed Methods (IMM) research methodology, which allows the deep-structure analysis of stress-coping relationships, for discovering how specific ways of coping promote resilience, and other health outcomes within diverse populations. The principal aim is for the results of this research to inform the design of prevention and treatment interventions to promote and enhance resilience within diverse populations.
My laboratory is the Hispanic Health Research Lab, which also houses the Integrative Mixed Methods (IMM) Lab. These research sites are dedicated to the in-depth analysis of factors and processes that promote and sustain resilience in the face of adversity. This involves an in-depth analysis of hundreds of cases of diverse people ranging from drug addicts to leaders. Under this IMM approach, we use text narrative analyses and multivariate model analysis, to examine the real-life stories of hundreds of cases, in understanding how diverse people cope with various life challenges: drug addiction, type 2 diabetes, chronic disease, loss of a loved one, and other difficult life situations.
Castro, F. G., Garfinkle-Trim, J., Naranjo, D., Rollins, M., Brook, J., & Brook, D. W. (in press). Cultural traditions as protective factors among Latino children of illicit drug users. Substance Use and Misuse.
Castro, F. G., Nichols, E., & Kater, K. (in press). Relapse prevention with Hispanic and other racial/ethnic populations: Can cultural resilience promote relapse prevention? In K. Witkiewitz & G. A. Marlatt (Eds.), Evidence-Based Relapse Prevention, Ch. 12. Burlington, MA: Elsevier.
Castro, F. G., Barrera, M., Pantin, H., Martinez, C., Felix-Ortiz, M., Rios, R., Lopez, V. A., & Lopez, C. (2006). Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Research with Hispanic Populations. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 84S, S29-S42.
Castro, F. G., Brook, J. S., Brook, D., & Rubenstone, E. (2006). Paternal, Perceived Maternal, and Youth Risk Factors as Predictors of Youth Stage of Substance Use: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Addictive Diseases,25, 65-75.