Lourdes Guerrero, Ed.D., MSW
Ed.D. University of California, Los Angeles
I have been addressing the well-being of underserved, minority populations in the United States for over 20 years. Yet, I have only recently transitioned from addressing these issues through program implementation and policy work, to conducting health services research focused on the career development and pipeline education for biomedical and translational scientists, and the education systems’ influence on adolescent health. In June 2014, I obtained an NIH Diversity Supplement from NIDA to study non-cognitive skills among urban adolescents and how these influence substance use and other risk behaviors.
As a social worker, I embrace frameworks that include psycho-social and person-in-the environment perspectives. As an educator, I understand the role that culture, education, and opportunity play in the lives of low income communities. As a researcher, I am focusing on the link between education and health, and trying to further understand how improving the quality of schools might also improve adolescent health and reduce health disparities.