Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology
800 W Franklin, rm 101
(804) 828-6624

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
Core Faculty Member, VCU iCubed
Ph.D. (2015), Clark University


La Esperanza Research Program 

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Counseling Psychology

Research Interests

My research involves understanding and addressing healthcare disparities in the United States that affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. My research program includes applied research that lies at the intersection of cognitive-behavioral theories and cultural and contextual approaches including psychology of religion and spirituality. My previous research projects included randomized control trials, evidence-based practices, culturally-sensitive interventions, prevention for Latina/o youth and families, as well as substance use and mood disorders.

Select Publications

Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E. (in press). The role of religiosity among Mexican-born and U.S.-born Mexicans: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Latina/o Psychology.
Moreno, O., Janssen, T., Melissa, C., Jackson, K. M., & Colby, S. (2017). Parent-adolescent relationships in Hispanic versus Caucasian families: Associations with alcohol and marijuana use onset. Addictive Behaviors, 74, 74-81.
Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E. (2016). The role of religious attendance on mental health among Mexican populations: A contribution toward the discussion of the Immigrant Health Paradox. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/ort0000214
Gorn, S. B., Solano, N. S., & Moreno, O. (2013). Percepciones sobre la eficacia de la medicina «alópata» y las medicinas «alternativas» para la atención de malestares emocionales. Perceptions of the effectiveness of 'allopathic' and 'alternative' medicine for the attention of emotional distress. Acta Psiquiátrica Y Psicológica de América Latina, 59, 24-31.
Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E. V. (2013). Religiosity and mental health services: An exploratory study of help seeking among Latinos. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 53-67.

Recent Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

Interdisciplinary Research Training on Hispanic Drug Abuse - National Hispanic Scientist Network

Role: Fellow
Source: National Institutes of Health
Period: 2016 – 2018
Number: R25DA026401

National Research Service Award (Institutional)

Role: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Period: 2015 – 2017
Number: 5T32 AA07459-11

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship

Role: Predoctoral Fellow
Source: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Period: 2013 – 2015

Disparities in Mental Health Care for Latinos with Serious Mental Illness

Role: Predoctoral Fellow (PI: Steven Lopez)
Source: National Institute for Minority Health & Health Disparities
Period: 2012
Number: T37 MD003405

Recent Awards

  • 2014, American Psychological Association Dissertation Award, APA Minority Fellowship

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