Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D.


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

Photo credit: Peter Goldberg

Assistant Professor (tenure-track)
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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