NEW JOURNAL EDITOR
needs of a growing
The new Journal of Latina/o Psychology will address social justice,
advocacy and policy related to Latinos — and improve the training of
psychologists who work with them.
BY ANNA MILLER • Monitor staff
When Azara Santiago-Rivera, PhD, launched her psychology career more than 20 years ago, training programs
paid little attention to the Latino population. The
research was scarce, as well: In 1990, for example,
journals published only 11 articles related to
Latino mental health.
By contrast, 70 such research articles were
published in the last year — a reflection of a
rapidly growing population that psychologists
cannot ignore, says Santiago-Rivera, who chairs
the department of counseling psychology at the
Chicago School of Professional Psychology in
To consolidate that research, the National Latina/o
Psychological Association (NLPA) and APA’s journals program
are debuting the Journal of Latina/o Psychology this spring.
Santiago-Rivera serves as founding editor of the journal,
which aims to advance knowledge of the Latina/o population,
promote the education of psychologists who work with them
and address social justice, advocacy and policy issues relevant to
the Latina/o community.
“Twenty years ago, it wasn’t on the radar screen for people
to think about the life circumstances that Latinos have when,
for example, they first arrive in this country,” Santiago-Rivera
says. “But the significant growth of the population makes it
increasingly important to address their specific mental health
She is particularly interested in research that can lead to the
development of culturally appropriate treatment
approaches and assessment tools. The journal will
also feature research looking at the psychological
effects of immigration, the physical and mental
health issues that disproportionately affect the
Latino population and the challenges sexual
minority Latinos face.
To submit a manuscript to the Journal of Latina/o Psychology,
go to www.apa.org/pubs/journals/lat/index.aspx.