A leading expert on social work practice within the Latino community, Dr. Organista's research focuses on psychosocial problems within the Chicano and Latino communities, acculturation and adjustment of ethnic minorities to American societies, minority mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, depression in Latinos and HIV prevention with Mexican migrant laborers/Latinos.
Dr. Organista's book, HIV Prevention with Latinos: Theory, Research and Practice, is the first-ever collection of texts written by leading authorities on the topic of HIV prevention among diverse Latino populations. It attempts to respond to the diminishing returns of the behavioral model of HIV risk by deconstructing the many social ecological contexts of risk within the Latino experience. He is also served as the principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse Alcoholism (NIAAA)-funded project that seeks to developing and test a structural-environmental model of HIV risk and prevention for migrant day laborers in San Francisco and Berkeley (2010 to 2015).
Dr. Organista currently teaches courses on social problems and psychopathology, stress and coping and social work practice with Latino populations.
- HIV Prevention
- Social Behavior
Organista, K. C., Arreola, S. G. & Neilands, T. (2016). La desesperación in Latino migrant day laborers and its role in substance related sexual risk. Social Science and Medicine—Population Health, 2, 32-42.
Organista, K. C., Marcia, L., Martinez, C., Acalá, M. & Ramirez, J. (2016). Undocumented Latino migrant day laborers in the San Francisco Bay Area: Psychosocial, economic and political consequences. In R. Furman & A. Ackerman (Eds.), The Immigrant Other: Lived experiences in a transnational world (p. 90-106). New York: Colombia University Press.
Ojeda, L., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Latino American men. In Y.J. Wong & S. R. Wester (Eds.), APA handbook of the psychology of men and masculinities. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Hernandez, M. Y., & Organista, K. C. (2015). Qualitative exploration of an effective depression literacy fotonovela with at risk Latina immigrants. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56 (1-2), 79-88. DOI 10.1007/s10464-015-9729-8
Horevitz, E., Organista, K.C., & Arean, P. (2015). Depression treatment uptake in integrated primary care: Examination of the warm handoff and other decision making factors among Latino clients. General Hospital Psychiatry.