BA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994
MA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997
PhD Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2002
Major Areas of Interest
- Expanding our understanding about the mental health of Latino children, adolescents, and their families. Specifically, I am interested in cultural influences and other risk and protective factors that may explain the patterns and levels of maladjustment they exhibit.
- The prevention and treatment of depression and related mental health problems in youth, and developing interventions that are evidence-based, transportable, and effectively implemented in community settings.
Developing and evaluating educational strategies for individuals to become actively involved in the educational and mental health systems in order to help them become collaborative partners with their schools and community mental health agencies.
Representative Sample of Publications
Piña, A. A., Polo, A. J., & Huey, S. J. (2019). Evidence-based psychosocial interventions for ethnic minority youth: The 10-year update. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2019.1567350
Polo, A. J., Makol, B., Castro, A. S., Colón-Quintana, N., Wagstaff, A. E., & Guo, S. (2019). Diversity in randomized control trials of depression: A 36-year review. Clinical Psychology Review
, 67, 22-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpr.2018.09.004
Arizaga, J., Polo, A. J., & Martinez-Torteya, C. & (2018). Heterogeneous trajectories of depression symptoms in Latino youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psycholog
y, 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1443457
Martinez, W., & Polo, A. J. (2018). Neighborhood context, family cultural values, and Latinx youth externalizing problems. Journal of Youth and Adolescence
, 47, 2440-2452. DOI: 10.1007/s10964-018-0914-6
Makol, B. & Polo, A. J. (2018). Parent–child endorsement discrepancies among youth at chronic-risk for depression. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
, 46, 1077-1088. DOI:10.1007/s10802-017-0360-z
Goya Arce, A. B. & Polo, A. J. (2017). A test of the Perfectionism Social Disconnect Model among ethnic minority youth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
, 45, 1181-1193. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-016-0240-y