Contact Information

Associate Professor
Michigan State University
Department of Psychology
316 Physics Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Office 517-432-4890

Community-AID Lab Website:

Core Faculty, MSU Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research:

Faculty, MSU Master's Degree in Program Evaluation:

Editorial Board Member

Journal of Latina/o Psychology,


Research Keywords
  • Prevention
  • Adolescence
  • Community Psychology
  • Applied Youth Development
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2006


Ignacio Acevedo-Polakovich, Ph.D.

Miguel Cruz-Feliciano, M.S.


Ph.D., University of Kentucky
M.S., University of Kentucky
B.S., Aquinas College

About Me

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.

Research Interests

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.

View Curriculum Vitae


​​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.