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