National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. During this month, we take time to reflect and honor the contributions that the diverse people of Hispanic and Latin American origin across the United States. Pacific Clinics pays tribute to the generations of Latinx and Hispanic leaders who work to advance mental health, culturally relevant services and the well-being of our diverse communities.

PIONEERS

Without the pioneers who came before us, where would we be? The following Hispanic / Latinx professionals helped to advance mental health and psychology to where we are today. We will forever be grateful for their dedication to the field and lighting the path for us to follow.

Melba Vasquez

Born in San Marcos, Texas, Vasquez she was one of the first recipients of the American Psychologists Association’s (APA) minority fellowship. She went on to co-find the APA Division 45, the society for the psychological study of ethnic minorities and was elected president of the APA, making her the first-ever Latina president.

Martha Bernal

Not only did Bernal face discrimination because of her ethnicity, but also her gender. However, she overcame adversity by becoming the first Latina, of Mexican heritage, to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology in the United States. Her contributions to the field have been noted as most effective in assessing and treating children with behavioral issues. Additionally, she was an early advocate for multicultural psychology.

John Garcia

John Garcia was born to Spanish immigrant farm working parents. After his service in the U.S. Army, he earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley researching radiation and the brain. His most notable contribution to psychology was the "The Garcia Effect". This taste aversion research demonstrated that not all senses are created equal and that taste is highly associative.

PACIFIC CLINICS' CENTRO FAMILIAR LATINO

Pacific Clinics' Centro Familiar Latino (CFE) provides services to infants, children and adolescents from birth to 21 who are experiencing significant behavioral and/or emotional problems interfering with family and peer relationships, social development and/or school functioning. Learn more about this program by clicking on the flyer below.

HISPANIC / LATINX COMMUNITIES AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE U.S.

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RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE

American Psychological Association – Working with Latino Populations

Mental Health America - Latinx/Hispanic Communities and Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Behavioral Health and Latinos

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) – Hispanic Heritage Month