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Research Director & CEO
Behavioral Assessment, Inc.
Latino Health and Wellness Institute
291 S. La Cienega Blvd
Suite 308
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
United States of America

Office (310) 652-6449
Office 310-289-3441
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  • Psychology
Research Keywords
  • Mental Health; Stress; Psychometrics
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2001


Richard C. Cervantes, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Oklahoma State University
M.S. Oklahoma State University
B.S. Oklahoma State University

Research Statement

Research emphasizes acculturations stress including NIMH funded study to develop the Hispanic Stress Inventory for Adolescents. Mental Health studies on acculturation stress processes. Also interested in youth development and substance abuse prevention program outcome studies. Currently developing “Familia Adelante”, a ten-week substance abuse model, part of a 2-phase SAMHSA funded study.

Abour Me

Dr. Cervantes received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Cervantes is Research Director at Behavioral Assessment, Inc. and is Senior Research fellow at the California State University, Long Beach Center for Behavioral Research and Services Department of Psychology. He served as Research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center (1984-89), and held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (1990-1995). He has served as Principal Investigator on numerous National Institite of Health (NIH) and foundation funded studies and has published extensively over a 25 year career span.

Dr. Cervantes has served or currently serves on a number of national level advisory groups and committees, including National Institutes of Health, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention’s (CSAP) Technical Expert Group for the National Cross-Site Evaluation of Substance Abuse Prevention Grants for the Minority AIDS Initiative, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Incentive Grant Evaluation Guidance Committee, and numerous other expert panels. Dr. Cervantes served as a science consultant for the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP).

He has published well over two dozen scientific journal articles as well as over a dozen book chapters relevant to Hispanic/Latino youth, family, mental health, and health issues. He is the developer of the Hispanic Stress Inventory and Familia Adelante, a family focused behavioral health promotion program. Dr. Cervantes has over 20 years of experience in the conduct of community based research and evaluation and is familiar with necessary multi-dimensional evaluation methodologies needed in community and applied settings.

Finally, Dr. Cervantes has served as an expert witness to the courts on issues related to Hispanic families, drug and alcohol abuse, cultural risk factors including immigration/acculturation stress, and juvenile gangs. He has served as an expert on over twenty death penalty cases, both in the trial/penalty phase, as well as in the appeals process.

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Recent Publications

Cervantes, R.C. & , Kappos, B., Duenas, N. & Arellano, D. (2005). Culturally Focused HIV Prevention and Substance Abuse Treatment for Hispanic Women. Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment.

Cervantes, R.C. & Duenas, N., Valdez, A., & Kaplan, C. (in press). Measuring Violence Risk and Outcomes Among Mexican-American Adolescent Females. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Cervantes, R.C. & , Felix-Ortiz, M. (2004). Substance abuse among Chicanos and other Mexican groups. The Handbook of Chicana/o Psychology. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Cervantes, R.C. & Pratt Peña (1998). Evaluating Hispanic/Latino Programs: Ensuring Cultural Competency, (16) 109-131 Binghamton, NY.