Juan Carlos Gonzalez

PhD Candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara

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AboutĀ Juan

Gonzalez's research focuses on understanding the barriers and facilitators to accessing mental health services that are experienced by marginalized communities. Overarching themes in his writing include the importance of community-academic partnerships in solving complex social issues and the need to acknowledge social determinants of health. Gonzalez serves to support children & families who are in need of mental health and/or substance use services, Latinx communities, and any group who is traditionally marginalized and may be experiencing barriers to services.


Talking to Youth of Color about Racism

  • Cassandra Boness
  • Molly Bowdring
  • 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.

"Combatting the Conspiracy of Silence: Clinician Recommendations for Talking About Racism-Related Events With Youth of Color" (with Cassandra Boness, Molly Bowdring, 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.

"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.