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South Texas Initiative for Mental Health Research Principal Investigator

Dr. Raymond T. Garza received his BA and MA in Psychology from Texas A&M University at Kingsville and his PhD in Social Psychology from Purdue University. His research and scholarly publications include significant contributions in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, minority mental health, Hispanic social processes, intergroup relations, leadership and organizational behavior. Dr. Garza’s research and professional programs have been supported by major grants from federal agencies and private foundations totaling more than 20 million Dollars. Currently, he is Principal Investigator of a multi-site grant supported by the American Legacy Foundation, which explores the relationship between smoking behavior and attitudes, self-esteem, depression, cultural identification, self-monitoring, and acculturation among college students from various Hispanic subgroups. Recently, Dr. Garza was the Principal Investigator on two major research infrastructure development grants funded by NIMH and AHRQ. Before coming to UTSA in 1991, Dr. Garza held a faculty appointment with the University of California, Riverside where he co-authored extensively with doctoral students and chaired 14 doctoral dissertation committees. Dr. Garza has also held several top administrative positions over the past 35 years, including Provost at UTSA.

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