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Elma Lorenzo-Blanco

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell College, Room 461
Phone Number: (803) 777-8808
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Educational Background:

Dr. Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco received her Ph.D. (2013) in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan where she was funded by fellowships from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, and the Center for the Education of Women. Her specific training has been in clinical psychology and women’s studies in an effort to bring these two fields together.  She has also received training in substance use research through an interdisciplinary NIDA T-32 pre-doctoral fellowship with the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center.  Prior to her arrival at USC, she completed a full-time APA accredited clinical internship where she received training in both evidence-based and multi-cultural clinical practice.

Research Interests:

Dr. Lorenzo-Blanco specializes in Latino/a mental health and substance use. Specifically, she investigates how socio-cultural and gender-related factors are linked with Latino/a well-being. She is currently investigating the associations of acculturation with Latino/a depression and cigarette smoking in Latino/a youth and adults. More specifically, her research focuses on the lived experiences that accompany acculturation.  She has developed and tested integrative socio-cultural models of acculturation, smoking, and depression.  Given that Latina women are more negatively influenced by acculturation, Dr. Lorenzo-Blanco examines the moderating role of gender in the links between acculturation and well-being. She is looking forward to extent this research at USC. In addition, Dr. Lorenzo-Blanco is looking forward to translating her research into policy, prevention, and intervention strategies.

Currently, her research interests include:

  • Latino/a mental health and substance use.
  • Culture, gender, immigration, mental health, and substance use.
  • Illness beliefs and their relation to service utilization, quality of care, and health disparities.
  • Culture and evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • Experiences of multi-racial/multi-ethnic families.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods, mixed method approaches

Representative Publications

*Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J.B., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2011). Acculturation, Gender, Depression, and Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. Hispanic Youth: The Mediating Role of Perceived Discrimination. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 30 (11), 1519-1533. *Article received 2011 OlivaEspin& AWP Award for Research on Gender and Immigration.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I. , Bares, C., &Delva, J. (2012). Correlates of Chilean Adolescents’ Negative Attitudes Towards Cigarettes: The Role of Gender, Peer, Parental, and Environmental Influences. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 14 (2), 142-152.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E.I., Bares, C., &Delva, J. Parenting, Family Processes, Relationships, and Parental Support in Mixed-Race/Multi-Ethnic Families:  An Exploratory Study (in press).Family Relations.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I., Unger, J.B., Ritt-Olson, A., Soto, D., & Baezconde-Garbanati, L. (2012). Acculturation, Gender, and Symptoms of Depression in Hispanic Youth: The Roles of Hispanic Cultural Values and Family Functioning. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41 (10), 1350-1365.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I.& Cortina, L. M. . Latino/a Depression and Smoking: An Analysis through the Lenses of Culture, Gender, and Ethnicity (in press). American Journal of Community Psychology.

Lorenzo-Blanco, E. I.& Cortina, L. M. Towards an Integrated Understanding of Latino/a Acculturation, Depression, and Smoking: A Gendered Analysis (in press). Journal of Latina/o Psychology.