Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D., in front of a grey screen

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Training, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program

Honors in Psychology Coordinator

(804) 828-6624

Williams House, 800 W. Franklin St., Room 202

Counseling Psychology



Clinical Psychology


  • Ph.D., Clark University
  • M.T.S., Harvard University
  • M.S., Clark University
  • B.S., Arizona State University

Research Interests

Dr. Oswaldo Moreno’s research involves understanding and addressing health equity and healthcare disparities and inequalities in the United States that affect individuals from racial/ethnic minoritized backgrounds, especially the Latinx/e immigrant and Spanish-speaking communities. Dr. Moreno’s research program also includes intersectional approaches to immigration, cultural, contextual, and systemic factors on health outcomes. His research projects have included cultural and ethnic minority health, Latinx/e immigrant health, culturally sensitive interventions, psychology of religion, as well as substance use and mood disorder prevention efforts for Latinx/e youth and families.

Currently, Dr. Moreno directs La Esperanza Research Program, which is working on culturally enhancing a group-based motivational interviewing intervention for Latinx/e adolescents, identifying priorities, use of services, and behaviors related to health and comorbidities among youth and families in marginalized communities in the greater Virginia area (VCU iCube), as well as exploring early immigration, anti-immigration sentiment and policies on the psychological well-being among first-generation Latinx/e immigrants.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Community Health
  • Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
  • Health Disparities and Health Inequalities
  • Latinx/e Immigrant Health
  • Psychosocial Determinants of Health

Select Publications


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN)
  • National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA)
  • The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE)


  • Abnormal Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology, undergraduate level
  • Diversity Dialogue: Intersectionality, graduate level
  • Multicultural Counseling Practicum, graduate level
  • Personal Awareness in Multicultural Counseling, graduate level


  • Dr. Edwin J. Nichols Cultural and Diversity Grant Award
  • ASSET Junior Faculty Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 2021
  • Community Engagement Award, VCU Psychology Department, 2020
  • Interdisciplinary Research on Hispanic Drug Abuse - National Hispanic Scientist Network Research Fellowship (R25DA026401), 2016-2018