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
Representative Sample of Publications
- 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.
Wagstaff, A., & Polo, A. J. (2012). Ethnicity and Adolescent Depression: Prevalence, access to services, and promising interventions. The Prevention Researcher, 19, 8-10.
Polo, A. J., Alegría, M., & Sirkin, J. (2012). Increasing the engagement of Latinos in services through community-derived programs: The Right Question Project-Mental Health. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43, 208-216.
Martinez, W., Polo, A. J., & Carter, J.C. & (2012). Family orientation, language, and anxiety symptoms among low-income Latino youth. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 517-525.
Zychinski, K. & Polo, A. J. (2012). Academic achievement and depressive symptoms in low income Latino youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 565-577.
Polo, A. J., Alegría, M., Chen, C., & Blanco, C. (2011). The prevalence and comorbidity of social anxiety disorder among U.S. Latinos: A retrospective analysis of data from two national surveys. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72, 1096-1105.
Huey, S. J. & Polo, A. J. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for ethnic minority youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 262-301.