Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

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Gonzalez's research focuses on increasing access to mental health and substance use treatments for minoritized youth. Overarching themes in Gonzalez's work include health equity, social determinants of health, and community engagement. Gonzalez seeks to build sustainable community partnerships in order to address systemic change that will impact the lives of youth. Gonzalez holds a T32 postdoctoral fellowship from NIDA.


Talking to Youth of Color about Racism

    Chardee A. Galán , Cassandra Boness , Julie Cristello , Juan Carlos Gonzalez , Nabila Jamal Orozco , Stefanie L. Sequeira


"Father Participation in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Predictors and Therapist Perspectives" (with Corinna C. Klein, Madeleine Tremblay, and Miya L. Barnett). Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2022).

Tests which therapist characteristics predicted father engagement and included qualitative descriptions of their experiences engaging fathers in treatment. Shows therapist use of engagement strategies predicted father engagement and therapists reported barriers to engagement such as clinic hours, lack of father-friendly programming, and agency priorities.

"How Do Lay Health Workers Engage Caregivers? A Qualitative Study to Enhance Equity in Evidence-Based Parenting Programs" (with Miya L. Barnett, Corinna C. Klein, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Berta Erika Luis Sanchez, Yessica Green Rosas, and Frederique Corcoran). Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (2021).

Summarizes ways that this vital workforce engages caregivers into treatment. Mentions that engagement strategies fell into one of three themes: building trust, empowerment, and increasing access.

"Combatting the Conspiracy of Silence: Clinician Recommendations for Talking About Racism-Related Events With Youth of Color" (with Cassandra Boness, Chardee A. Galán, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Nabila Jamal Orozco, Stefanie L. Sequeira, Irene Tung, Alexandra R. Tabachnick, Derek M. Novacek, Isabella Kahhale, Beza M. Bekele, and Beza M. Bekele). Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2021).

Discusses key clinician recommendations for talking about racism and racism-related events with youth of color.