Steve Lopez
Steve Lopez

Psychologist to speak May 19 on schizophrenia

By Christopher Johnson
UTSA Culture and Policy Institute

(May 15, 2006)--Nationally renowned mental health researcher Steve Lopez will speak on minority mental illness from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 19 in Business Building Room 3.01.02 at the UTSA 1604 Campus. The colloquium, free and open to the public, is the first in a series hosted by the UTSA South Texas Initiative for Mental-Health Research (STIMHR).

Lopez will speak on "Conceptions of Culture, Family Factors and Course of Schizophrenia," an academic talk to raise awareness and understanding of the roles of socio-cultural and family factors in schizophrenia.

A UCLA professor of clinical psychology, psychiatry and Chicana/o studies, Lopez was awarded the U.S. surgeon general's exemplary service award for his contributions to "Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity," a supplement to the surgeon general's report on mental health in the United States.

Published extensively, Lopez' research focuses on the interplay among socio-cultural factors, ethnicity and language as they contribute to serious mental disorders including schizophrenia and depression. In addition to exploring cultural perspectives in psychological assessment and clinical practice, he has helped advance knowledge regarding cultural competence and the quality of mental health care for Hispanics with mental disorders.

His research on cultural considerations in psychopathology, assessment and treatment interventions has appeared in such journals as Schizophrenia Research, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychiatric Services and Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Lopez' books include "Handbook of Chicana/o Psychology," "Psychopathology: Foundations for Contemporary Understanding" and "Family Interventions in Mental Illness: International Perspectives."

STIMHR is a collaborative venture designed to build the capacity of UTSA faculty and students to conduct mental-health research. The initiative promotes the mental-health research arena and offers networking opportunities for faculty and students interested in mental health research.

For more information, contact STIMHR at (210) 458-6449 or (210) 458-2650.

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