Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich, Ph.D.
Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.S., University of Kentucky
B.S., Aquinas College
My research focuses on establishing state of the science preventive interventions for children and families within historically underserved communities. I look to accomplish this both through the dissemination of Evidence Based Practices and through the development of Practice Based Evidence. A large proportion of my work is framed by Community-Based Participatory Research principles.
My students and I develop, adapt and disseminate services for historically underserved children, youth, and families. As such, we work extensively with ethnic and cultural minorities, often with Spanish-speaking groups. My goal when working with students is to provide experiences that allow them to successfully develop a career of their choosing involving diverse children, youth, and families.
Because we work in partnership with community organizations, our work addresses a wide variety of issues affecting children, youth, and families. Ongoing projects focus on:
1. Improving access to services for poor ethnic minority families with young children by developing novel parent training approaches.
2. Improving existing services for conduct disordered Latina/o youth by increasing the coordination among them.
3. Improving HIV and STD prevention for Latina/o youth by teaching parents how to speak with their children about sex and cultural values.
4. Improving a community-based anti-bias program for teens.
5. Increasing the cultural competence of organizations that work with historically underserved children, youth, and families.
Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., *Cousineau, J. R., *Quirk, K.M., *Gerhart, J.I., *Bell, K.M. & *Adomako, M.S. (in press). Toward an Asset Orientation in the Study of US Latina/o Youth: Biculturalism, Ethnic Identity, and Positive Youth Development. The Counseling Psychologist.
Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D. & *Gering, C. (2012). Evidence-based Practice with Latina/o Adolescents and Families. In M. Gallardo, C. Yeh, J. Trimble, & T. Parham (Eds.). A Culturally Adaptive Model of Counseling: Working with Clients from a Multicultural Skill Based Perspective. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., *Kassab V.A., & *Barnett, M.L. (2012). Las Asociaciones entre la Academia y la Comunidad como Fuente de Transformación Social Sustentable (Community-Academic Partnerships as a Source of Sustainable Social Change). In N.N. Asili (Ed), Vida Sustentable. México City, México: Editorial Trillas.
Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., *Crider, E., *Kassab V.A., & *Gerhart, J.I. (2011). Organizational approaches to reducing Latina/o mental health service disparities. In L. Buki & L.M. Piedra (Eds.). Building Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health. New York, NY: Springer.
Hernandez, M., Nesman, T., Mowery, D., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & Callejas, L.M. (2009). Cultural Competence: A review and conceptual model for mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 60, 1046-1050.
Isaacs, M.R., Huang, L.N., Hernandez, M. Echo-Hawk, H., Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., & Martinez, K. (2008). Services for Youth and their Families in Diverse Communities. In B.A. Stroul & G.M. Blau (Eds.) The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families (pp.619-639). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.