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Rick Cruz

Rick Cruz

Associate Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Program

Contact Information

Office Location: SCCE 444
IconEmail: rick.cruz@usu.edu

Biography

I am an Assistant Professor in psychology and a faculty member in the Combined PhD program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at USU. I earned a PhD at the University of Washington in Seattle with a focus in Child Clinical Psychology and completed my APA accredited clinical internship at the Institute for Juvenile Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I completed my undergraduate training in psychology, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

My research is focused on the intersection of cultural and familial processes as they influence ethnic minority youth development, with a particular emphasis on Latinx adolescent mental health and substance use risk. I am currently investigating cultural change and family disruption as precursors of substance use development among Mexican-origin adolescents. I also have 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. My 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.

I have experience in clinical assessment and providing therapy to children and adolescents, families, and adults, with a focus on cognitive-behavioral methods. I have provided clinical services in a variety of settings, with special expertise in outpatient therapy. I am licensed as a psychologist in Utah.