Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez has been appointed dean of graduate studies and associate vice president for research in academic affairs at California State University San Marcos beginning July 1. Gonzalez has served the campus for 16 years and most recently held these positions on an interim basis.
“Dr. Gonzalez possesses an outstanding record in research and teaching, a collegial and collaborative working style, and a commitment to moving forward two increasingly important areas of campus development research and graduate programs,” says Emily Cutrer, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
An accomplished scholar and professor, Gonzalez has been a member of the campus community since 1991, when he became assistant professor in psychology. He achieved tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1996 and professor in 2000. He has extensive organizational and administrative experience, having served as chair of the psychology department and academic senate. In July 2002, Gonzalez became the director of the National Latino Research Center providing overall leadership for its applied research and research-based services.
He has published numerous articles in refereed journals on bilingual and bicultural mental health issues, especially among Spanish-speaking populations. His research has emphasized Latino and cultural/linguistic minority populations, including dropout prevention with Latino middle school children, college persistence in under-represented university students, and prevention of depression in primary care for Spanish-speaking populations.
“I am deeply honored to be a part of this growing university and look forward to providing our students with more exceptional graduate studies programs and academic research opportunities,” says Gonzalez.
Gonzalez received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Fresno and completed post doctoral fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco.