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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Omar Gudino

Please note that Dr. Gudino is not accepting graduate applicants for Fall 2019.

Areas of Expertise and Research interests

  • risk and resilience in minority youths exposed to violence
  • racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use and delivery
  • evidence-based assessment and treatment with diverse populations
  • dissemination of evidence-based practices in public sectors of care

Current Research and Projects

  • mixed-methods research focused on understanding and eliminating ethnic disparities in children's mental health
  • development of a cognitive behavioral intervention for adolescents exposed to trauma
  • symptom trajectories and patterns of service use in a national sample of children in contact with the child welfare system
  • risk and resilience in Latino children exposed to violence

Professional Work Synopsis

Youth exposure to violence is a major public health problem that increases risk for a wide range of mental health and adjustment difficulties. Ethnic minority youths are at disproportionate risk of being exposed to violence and having their mental health needs go unmet.

The ultimate goal of the Services for At-Risk Youth And Families Lab is to develop and disseminate clinical practices and service delivery models that are grounded in the latest scientific research, can be feasibly delivered in challenging clinical settings, and are well aligned with the values and preferences of the youths and families who receive the services.

By focusing on three overlapping areas, the work of the Services for At-Risk Youth and Families Lab aims to understand and meet the needs of vulnerable youths and their families.

  1. Our work focuses on understanding patterns of risk and resilience in ethnic minority and immigrant youths exposed to violence. Guided by a culturally informed developmental psychopathology framework, we seek to understand how multiple factors (e.g., immigration, cultural values, adversity, trauma exposure, temperament) come together to promote or inhibit the adjustment of Latino youths.
  2. Our work examines the extent to which public systems of care are meeting the mental health needs of youths. In particular, we focus on examining racial disparities and patterns of service use for youths in the public mental health and child-welfare systems.
  3. We aim to translate knowledge of mental health risk, service use patterns, and service systems into improved mental health services for vulnerable youths. For example, our research on racial disparities has highlighted the need to develop improved strategies for identifying mental health needs and linking youths to services.

As a result, our applied research examines the implementation of evidence-based assessment as a means for improving identification of needs and reducing disparities.

Similarly, we focus on developing and evaluating evidence-based interventions that can address the diverse needs of youths exposed to trauma and can be delivered in challenging, real-world settings. In an effort to generate knowledge that can have the greatest public health impact, our research is conducted in close partnership with the community agencies, and public service systems ultimately responsible for serving vulnerable youth and families.


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002

Selected Publications

  • Rubens, S.L., Gudiño, O.G., Fite, P.J., Grande, J.M. (In Press). Individual and Neighborhood Stressors, Sleep Problems, and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression among Latino Youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000234             
  • Gudiño, O.G., *Leonard, S., *Stiles, A., Havens, J.F., & Cloitre, M. (2017). Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation for Adolescents (STAIR-A). In M. Landolt, U. Schnyder, & M. Cloitre (Eds.), Evidence-based Treatments for Trauma-Related Disorders in Children and Adolescents. New York: Springer.
  • Chemtob, C.M., Gudiño, O.G., Luthra, R., Yehuda, R., Schmeidler, J., Auslander, B., Hirshbein, H., Schoor, A., Greenberg, R., Newcorn, J., Panzer, P.G., Schenk, T., Levine, P., Abramovitz, R. (2016). Child Trauma Exposure and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Identification in Community Mental Health Clinics. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 1(2-3), 103-115. doi: 10.1080/23794925.2016.1227949.
  • *Leonard, S. & Gudiño, O.G. (2016). Academic and Mental Health Outcomes of Youth Placed in Out-of-Home Care: The Role of School Stability and Engagement. Child & Youth Care Forum, 45(6), 807-827. doi: 10.1007/s10566-016-9357-y                        
  • *Hurwich-Reiss, E. & Gudiño, O.G. (2016). Acculturation Stress and Conduct Problems in Latino Youth: The Moderating Impact of Family Factors. Journal of Latina/o Psychology. 4(4), 218-231. doi: 10.1037/lat0000052                        
  • *Leonard, S., *Stiles, A. A. & Gudiño, O.G. (2016). The Impact of School Engagement on Academic Achievement and Mental Health among Children Investigated by Child Welfare Services. School Mental Health, 8(3), 386–398. doi: 10.1007/s12310-016-9186-z                        
  • Gudiño, O.G. & Lau, A.S. (2016). Immigration and Mental Health. In H. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 2nd edition, Vol 2. (pp. 366-374). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., *Leonard, S., & Cloitre, M. (2016). STAIR for Girls:  A Pilot Study of a Skills-Based Group for Traumatized Youth in an Urban School Setting. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. doi: 10.1007/s40653-015-0061-0                        
  • Fernandez, M.A., Adelstein, J.S., Miller, S.P., Areizaga, M.J., Gold, D.C., Sanchez, A.L., Rothschild, S., Hirsch, E., & Gudiño, O.G. (2015). Teacher-Child Interaction Training: A Pilot Study with Random Assignment. Behavior Therapy, 46(4), 463-477.Gudiño, O.G., Weis, J.R., Havens, J.F., Biggs, E.A., Diamond, U.N., Marr, M., Jackson, C.L., & Cloitre, M. (2014). Group Trauma-Informed Treatment for Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients: A Preliminary, Uncontrolled Trial. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 1-5. doi: 10.1002/jts.21928                        
  • Santiago, C.D., Gudiño, O.G., Baweja, S., & Nadeem, E. (2014). Academic Achievement among Immigrant and U.S.-Born Latino Adolescents: Cultural, Family, and Acculturation Factors. Journal of Community Psychology, 42(6), 735-747. doi:10.1002/jcop.21649                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., & *Rindlaub, L.A. (2014). Psychometric Properties of the Child PTSD Symptom Scale in Latino Children. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 27–34. doi: 10.1002/jts.21884
  • Chemtob, C.M., Gudiño, O.G., & Laraque, D. (2013). Maternal PTSD and Depression in Pediatric Primary Care: Association with Child Maltreatment and Frequency of Child Trauma Exposure. JAMA Pediatrics, 167(11), 1011-1018. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2218                        
  • Gudiño, O.G. (2013). Behavioral Inhibition and Risk for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Latino Children Exposed to Violence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 41(6), 983-992. doi: 10.1007/s10802-013-9731-2                       
  • Martinez, J.I., Gudiño, O.G., & Lau, A.S. (2013). Problem-specific Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pathways from Maltreatment Exposure to Specialty Mental Health Service Use for Youth in Child Welfare. Child Maltreatment, 18(2), 98-107. doi: 10.1177/1077559513483549                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Martinez, J.I., Lau, A.S. & (2012). Mental Health Service Use by Youths in Contact With Child Welfare: Racial Disparities by Problem Type. Psychiatric Services, 63(10), 1004-1010. doi: 10.1176/                        
  • Havens, J.F., Gudiño, O.G., Biggs, E.A., Diamond, U., Weis, J.R., & Cloitre, M. (2012). Identification of Trauma Exposure and PTSD in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 171-178. doi: 10.1002/jts.21683                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Nadeem, E., Kataoka, S.H., & Lau, A.S. (2012). Reinforcement Sensitivity and Risk for Psychopathology Following Exposure to Violence: A Vulnerability-Specificity Model in Latino Youth. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 43, 306-321. doi: 10.1007/s10578-011-0266-x                        
  • Liu, L.L., Wang, S., Fung, J., Gudiño, O.G., Tao, A.X., & Lau, A.S. (2012). Psychology of Asian American Children: Contributions of Cultural Heritage and the Minority Experience. In E. Chang & C. Downey (Eds.), Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health (pp.  147-167). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-0424-8_9                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Nadeem, E., Kataoka, S.H., & Lau, A.S. (2011). Relative impact of violence exposure and immigrant stressors on Latino youth psychopathology. Journal of Community Psychology, 39(3), 316–335. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20435                        
  • Lau, A.S., Fung, J.J., Ho, L.Y., Liu, L.L., & Gudiño, O.G. (2011). Parent training with high-risk immigrant Chinese families: A pilot group randomized trial yielding practice based evidence. Behavior Therapy, 42(3), 413-426. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2010.11.001                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., & Lau, A.S. (2010). Parental culture, shyness, and anxiety in Hispanic children: An exploratory study. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31(3), 202-210. doi: 10.1016/j.appdev.2009.12.003                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Lau, A.S., Yeh, M., McCabe, K.M., & Hough, R.L. (2009). Understanding racial/ethnic disparities in youth mental health services: Do disparities vary by problem type? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 17(1), 3-16. doi: 10.1177/1063426608317710                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Lau, A.S., & Hough, R.L. (2008). Immigrant status, mental health need and mental health service utilization among high-risk Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander youth. Child and Youth Care Forum, 37, 139-152. doi: 10.1007/s10566-008-9056-4                        
  • Gudiño, O.G., Liu, L.L., & Lau, A.S. (2006). Race matters: Maltreatment identification and impact among high-risk adolescents. In S.M. Sturt (Ed.), Child Abuse: New Research (pp. 115-132). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

 *Denotes student author