Kurt Organista PhD, Board Member


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Kurt C. Organista, Ph.D., is a leading expert on psychosocial and health problems affecting the Latino community. He is currently Professor of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, where he teaches courses on psychopathology, stress and coping, and social work practice with Latino populations. He is interested in Latino health and mental health and conducts research on HIV/AIDS prevention among Mexican/Latino migrant laborers.

Organista has published extensively on Latino health and mental health and is editor of the first-ever collection of texts written by leading authorities on the topic of HIV prevention among diverse Latino populations, HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice.  He is also author of Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems:  theory, practice, and populations

Currently, Organista serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work and the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, on the senior editorial board of the American Journal of Community Psychology. He was previously a member of the Latino advisory board for the California State Office of AIDS and the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. Organista is also a Trustee of the San Francisco Foundation.

Organista received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University.