Contact Information

Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Austin
Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

108 E Dean Keeton St
Room 2322C
Austin, TX 78712

Research Keywords
  • Culture
  • Gender
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
Membership Information

Membership Category:
Research Scientists

Member Since: 2009


Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, Ph.D.

Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.S., University of Michigan


Research Statement


I am an assistant professor in the clinical community psychology program at the University of South Carolina. I have received my Ph.D. in 2013 in Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan where I was funded by fellowships from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, and the Center for the Education of Women. My specific training has been in clinical psychology and women's studies in an effort to bring these two fields together. I have also received training in substance use research through an interdisciplinary NIDA T32 pre-doctoral fellowship with the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center. Prior to my arrival at USC, I completed a full-time APA accredited clinical internship where I received training in both evidence-based and multi-cultural clinical practice. My research focuses on Latino and Latina mental health and substance use. Specifically, I investigate how socio-cultural and gender-related factors are linked with Latino and Latina well-being. I am currently investigating the associations of acculturation with Latino and Latina depression and cigarette smoking in Latino and Latina youth and adults. More specifically, my research investigates the lived experiences that accompany acculturation. I have developed and tested integrative socio-cultural models of acculturation, smoking, and depression. Given that Latina women are more negatively influenced by acculturation, my research examines the moderating role of gender in the links between acculturation and well-being. I am looking forward to extent this research at the University of South Carolina. In addition, I am looking forward to translating my research into policy, prevention, and intervention strategies.

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Recent Publications

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I., Unger, J.B., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2011). Acculturation, Gender, Depression, and Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Hispanic Youth: The Mediation Role of Perceived Discrimination. Journal of Youth and Adolescnce, 30 (11), 1519-1533.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I., & Delva. J. (2011). Examining Lifetime Episodes of Sadness, Help Seeking, and Perceived Treatment Helpfulness among U.S. Latinoas. Community Mental Health Journal, 48 (5), 611-626.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I. , Bares, C., & Delva, J. (2012). Correlates of Chilean Adolescents’ Negative Attitudes Towards Cigarettes: The Role of Gender, Peer, Parental, and Environmental Influences. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 14 (2), 142-152.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J.B., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2012). Acculturation, Gender, and Symptoms of Depression in Hispanic Youth: The Roles of Hispanic Cultural Values and Family Functioning. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41 (10), 1350-1365.

Schwartz, S. J., Unger, J. B., Des Rosiers, S. E., Huang, S., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Villamar, J. A., Soto, D. W., Pattarroyo, M., & Szapocznik, J. (2012). Substance Use and Sexual Behavior among Recent Hispanic Immigrant Adolescents: Effects of Parent-Adolescent Differential Acculturation and Communication. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125, S26-S34.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I. & Cortina, L. M. Latino Depression and Smoking: An Analysis through the Lenses of Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity (2012). American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-15.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I., Bares, C., & Delva, J. (2013). Parenting, Family Processes, Relationships, and Parental Support in Mixed-Race/Multi-Ethnic Families: An Exploratory Study.Family Relations. 62 (1), 125-139.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J.B., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. A Longitudinal Analysis of Acculturation and Smoking in Hispanic Youth: The Roles of Gender, Culture, Family, and Discrimination (2013). Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 15(5), 957-968.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I. & Cortina, L. M. Towards an Integrated Understanding of Latino/a Acculturation, Depression, and Smoking: A Gendered Analysis (2013). Journal of Latina/o Psychology. Schwartz, S.J., Unger, J.B., Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I., Des Rosiers, S.E., Villamar, J., Soto, D., Barahona, R., Baezcondi-Garbanati,L. & Szapocznik, J. Perceived Context of Reception: Conceptualization, Instrument Development, and Preliminary Validation (2013). Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 1(1), 3.

Schwartz, S.J., Unger, J.B., Des Rosiers, S.E. Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I. , Zamboanga, B.L. Huang, S., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Villamar, J.A.,Soto, D. W. , Pattarroyo, M. , & Szapocznik, J. Acculturation and Health Risk Behaviors in Hispanic Recent Immigrant Adolescents: Is American Culture a Risk Factor (2014) Prevention Science.