Contact Information

Assistant Professor
Departments of Psychology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Pomona College
647 N. College Way, Lincoln 2104
Claremont, CA 91711

909.621.8623 Fax

Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2008


Guadalupe Bacio, M.A., Ph.D.



Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. University of California, San Diego

Research Interests:

Guadalupe A. Bacio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina-o Studies at Pomona College. The overarching goal of her program of research is to understand and address disparities in patterns and consequences of alcohol and drug use encountered by Latinx adolescents of different immigrant generations.

To this end, one line of Dr. Bacio’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that explain the immigrant paradox in the etiology and development of alcohol and drug use among Latinx youth of first-, second-, and third- immigrant generation.

On another line of research, Dr. Bacio examines the effectiveness of school-based adolescent alcohol intervention programs for Latinx and other minority youth populations.

Dr. Bacio directs the Cultural contExts, adolesceNt healTh behavioRs, & develOpment (CENTRO) Research Lab. The CENTRO lab ( uses multiple research methods including community-participatory research, laboratory-based tasks, mixed-methods research, and large-scale surveys.

Research interests:

  • Alcohol and drug use among ethnic minority adolescents and young adults
  • School-based and interventions for adolescents and young adults
  • Mental health needs of Latinx populations
  • Overall health disparities among ethnic minority youth




Bacio, G.A., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G. (2017) Engagement and retention of ethnically diverse adolescents to a school-based intervention. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, 44(1): 52-62. doi: 10.1007/s11414- 016-9540-9

Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G. (2017) Impact of ethnic composition on mechanisms of change in substance use prevention groups. Prevention Sciennce, 18(1): 61-70. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0741-5

Bacio, G.A., Brumback, T., & Brown, S.A. (2017). Alcohol and youth: Evaluations of developmental impact. In H.E. Fitzgerald and L. Putter (Eds.). Developmental Perspectives of Alcohol and Other Addictions Over the Life Span. In development: Michigan State University transformations in higher education book series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Bacio, G.A. & Ray, L. A. (2016) Drinking initiation among Latino youth: Cognitive and contextual explanations of the immigrant paradox. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2016.1153553

Kia-Keating, M., Capous, D., Juang, L., & Bacio, G. A. (2016). Family factors: Immigrant families and intergenerational  considerations. In S. G. Patel and D. Reicherter (Eds). Psychotherapy for Immigrant Youth. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., Green, ReJoyce, & Bacio, G. A. (2016). Alcohol use disorder.  In W. E. Craighead, Miklowitz, D.J., Craighead, L. W. (Eds). Psychopathology: History, diagnosis, and empirical foundation 3rd Edition

Garcia, T.A., Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2015) Effects of sex composition on group processes in alcohol prevention groups for teens. Experimental and Clincal Psychopharmacology, 4, 275-83. doi: 10.1037/pha0000032

Bacio, G. A., Estrada, Y., Huang, S., Martinez, M., Sardinas, K., & Prado, G. (2015). Ecodevelopmental predictors of early initiation of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among Hispanic adolescents. Journal of School Psychology, 53(3), 195-208. doi: 10.1016/j.jsp.2015.02.001

Bacio, G. A., Guzman, I., Shapiro, J., & Ray, L. A. (2014). Differences in quit attempts between non-Hispanic Black and White daily smokers: The role of smoking motives. Addictive Behaviors, 39(12), 1769-1772. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.07.001

Bacio, G. A., Lunny, K., Webb, J., & Ray, L. A. (2014) Alcohol use following an alcohol challenge and brief intervention among alcohol dependent individuals. American Journal of Addictions, 23(1),96-101. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12071.x.

Bacio, G. A., Moore, A., Karno, M., & Ray, L.A. (2014) Determinants of problematic alcohol use and depression among a sample of Latino day laborers. Substance Use and Misuse 49(8), 1039-1048. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.852577


Bacio, G. A., Mays, V. M., & Lau, A. S. (2013) Drinking initiation and problematic alcohol use among Latino adolescents: Examining explanations for the immigrant paradox. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 14-22.          doi: 10.1037/a0029996

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., & Bacio, G. A. (2013) Alcohol use disorders: History, theory, and diagnosis. In W. E. Craighead, Miklowitz, D.J., Craighead, L. W. (Eds). Psychopathology: History, diagnosis, and empirical foundation 2nd Edition (550-582). Hoboken, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., Bacio, G. A., & MacKillop., J. (2013) Assessment of craving in addictive behavior. In J. Mackillop and H. de Witt (Eds). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of addiction pharmacology (345-380). Malden, MA: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Courtney, K., Ashenhurst, J., Bacio, G. A., Moallem, N., Bujarski, S., Hartwell, E., & Ray, L.A. (2013). Craving and subjective responses to alcohol administration: Validation of the desires for alcohol questionnaire in the human lab. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 74(5), 797-802.

Moallem, N. R., Courtney, K. E., Bacio, G. A., & Ray, L.A. (2013) Modeling alcoholism severity: An integrative structural equation modeling approach. Frontiers in Psychiatry 4, 75. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00075

Prado, G., Huang, S., Cordova, D., Malcom, S., Cano, N., Estrada, Y., Maldonado-Molina, M., Brown, H., Bacio, G. A., Rosen, A., & Pantin, H. (2013) Ecodevelopmental and intrapersonal moderators of a family-based preventive intervention for Hispanic adolescents: A latent profile analysis. Prevention Science 14(3), 290-299. doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0326-x

Prado, G., Cordova, D., Huang, S., Estrada, Y., Rosen, A., Bacio, G., Jimenez, G., Pantin, H., Brown., H., Villamar, J., Velazquez, M.R., Freitas, D., Tapia, M., & McCollister, K. (2012). The efficacy of Familias Unidas and alcohol outcomes for Hispanic delinquent youth: Main effects and effects by environmental context. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125 Suppl 1, 18-25. doi:10.1016/j.drugalc dep.2012.06.011