Department of Psychology

Research Interests

Latino/a Psychology

I am interested in the pathways by which Latino/a college students matriculate into higher education, their experiences of acclimation to the college/university setting, and their personal adjustment issues as they navigate their education. In particular, the role of acculturation, campus socio-organizational experiences, and academic achievement are focal points for investigation.

I am also interested in the experience of Latino/as in the mental health system, especially those factors affecting their utilization of mental health services, critical events that contribute to the perceived usefulness of psychotherapy, and characteristics of therapists and the therapeutic process that Latino/as believe have lead the to positive growth and goal acquisition.

Select publications:

Gurung, R.A.R., & Prieto, L. R (Eds) (2008). Getting Culture: Incorporating Culture Across the Curriculum. Stylus: Sterling, VA

McNeill, B. W., Prieto, L. R., Ortiz, F., & Yamokoski, C. (2004). Cultural competency: Teaching, training, and the delivery of services. In R. J Velasquez, L. Arellano, & B. W. McNeill (Eds.), The Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology (pp. 45-62). New York: L.A. Erlbaum, Inc.

McNeill, B. W., Prieto, L. R., Niemann, Y. Pizzaro, M., & Gómez, S. (2001). Current directions in Chicana/o psychology (Major Contribution). The Counseling Psychologist, 29, 5-17.

Prieto, L. R., McNeill, B. W., Walls, R. G., & Gómez, S. (2001). Chicana/os and mental health services: An overview of utilization, counselor preference and assessment issues (Major Contribution). The Counseling Psychologist, 29, 18-54.