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Dr. Rick Cruz

Rick Cruz


Assistant Professor
Email:  rick.cruz@usu.edu
Location:  Education 492
2810 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-2810


Rick A. Cruz, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in psychology, and a faculty member in the Combined Ph.D. program in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology at USU. Rick completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle with a focus in Child Clinical Psychology. Rick completed his APA accredited clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rick completed his undergraduate training in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Dr. Cruz's research is focused on the intersection of cultural and familial processes as they influence ethnic minority youth development, with a particular emphasis on Latino adolescent mental health and substance use risk. He is currently investigating cultural change and family disruption as precursors of substance use development among Mexican-origin adolescents. Dr. Cruz also has secondary interests in evaluating prevention and intervention programs for youth internalizing and externalizing problems, and assessing the utility of patient-reported outcomes to promote effective and efficient mental health services for youth and adults. Dr. Cruz’s work leverages quantitative methodology, such as SEM, latent growth curve modeling and multilevel modeling, to answer substantive questions related to youth development, family functioning, intervention programs and measurement.

Dr. Cruz has extensive experience in clinical assessment and providing therapy to children and adolescents, families, and adults, with a focus on cognitive-behavioral methods. He has provided clinical services in a variety of settings, with special expertise in outpatient therapy. Dr. Cruz is currently pursuing clinical licensure in Utah.

Rick enjoys playing and watching soccer, hiking, biking and running, and he is currently working on staying upright on his skis.

Dr. Cruz’s lab is accepting applications from prospective doctoral students to begin 2017-2018. Please email me at rick.cruz@usu.edu if you are interested in finding out more about becoming a doctoral student in my lab and the excellent combined Ph.D. program at Utah State University.