Lourdes Suarez-Morales, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her training has been primarily in the area of Child Clinical Psychology and is a pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, with specialized training in Multisystemic Family Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At the post-doctorate level, Dr. Suarez-Morales received a Minority Supplement Grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to obtain additional clinical and research training in the area of substance abuse.
Dr. Suarez-Morales teaches a number of core courses for the doctoral program including child psychopathology, clinical interventions with children and adolescents, and intellectual assessment. She also provides clinical supervision to doctoral students in their practicum. Her research work encompasses a wide range of interests in ethnic minorities. She has published articles on assessment and instrument development (eg, information-processing variables, acculturative stress, and substance use), as well as commitment to clinical research and research to practice for psychological treatments with Hispanic minorities. Currently, Dr. Suarez-Morales is developing a research program to examine the cognitive, environmental,