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Kurt Organista


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 serving 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.

Dr. Organista currently teaches courses on psychopathology, stress and coping and social work practice with Latino populations.


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Organista, K. C., Worby, P.A., Quesada, J., Arreoloa, S. G., Kral, A.H. & Khoury, S. (in press). Sexual health of Latino migrant day laborers under conditions of structural vulnerability. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Horevitz, E. O. & Organista, K. C. (in press). The Mexican Health Paradox: Expanding the explanatory power of the acculturation construct. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Organista, K. C. (2009). Latino clinical perspective on Montalvo’s ethnoracial gap in clinical practice with Latinos. Clinical Social Work Journal, 37, 287-293.

Organista, K. C. (2009). New practice model for Latinos in need of social work services. Social Work, 54(4), 297-305.

Organista, K. C. & Ehrlich, S. F. (2008). Predictors of condom use in Latino migrant day laborers. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 30(3), 379-396.

Organista, K. C. (2008). The plight and fight of farmworkers in the United States (pp. 103-113). In R. Nahmias, The migrant project: Contemporary California Farm Workers. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.

Brammeier, M., Chow, J. M., Samuel, M. C., Organista, K. C., Miller, J., & Bolan, G. (2008). Sexually transmitted diseases and risk behaviors among California agricultural workers: Results from a population-based survey. Journal of Rural Health, 24(3), 279-284

Organista, K. C. (2007). Commentary: The need to explicate culturally competent approaches with Latino clients. In J. Christopher Muran (Ed.), Dialogues on difference (pp. 168-175). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C. (2007). Solving Latino psychosocial and health problems: Theory, research, and populations. Hoboken, New Jersey: John J. Wiley & Sons, Publishers.

Limb, G., & Organista, K. C. (2006). Change between entry and graduation in MSW student views on social work’s traditional mission, career motivations, and practice preferences: Caucasians, students of color and American Indian group comparisons. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 269-290.

Organista, K. C. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral therapy with Latinos and Latinas. In P. A. Hays and G. Y. Iwamasa, Culturally responsive cognitive-behavior therapy: Assessment, practice, and supervision (pp. 73-96). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C., Alvarado, N., Balbutin-Burnham, A., Worby, P., & Martinez, S. (2006). An exploratory study of HIV prevention with Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 5(2), 89-114.

Organista, K. C., & Kubo, A. (2005). Pilot survey of HIV risk and contextual problems and issues in Mexican/Latino migrant day laborers. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(4), 269-281.

Organista, K. C., Carrillo, H., & Ayala, G. (2004). HIV prevention with Mexican migrants: Review, critique, and recommendations. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 37 (suppl. 4), S227-S239.

Organista, K. C. (2000). "Cognitive-behavioral group psychotherapy with Latinos." In A. Freeman and & J. R. White (Eds.), Handbook of group cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Organista, K. C., Balls Organista, P., Bola, J., Garcia de Alba, J., & Castillo Morán, M.A. (2000). "Predictors of condom use in Mexican migrants laborers." American Journal of Community Psychology, 28(2), 245-265.

Organista, K.C., Balls Organista, P., Garcia de Alba, G.J., Castillo Morán, M.A., & Ureta, L.E. (1997). Survey Of Condom-Related Knowledge, Beliefs, and Perceived Social Norms in Mexican Migrant Laborers, Journal of Community Health, 22(3):185-198.

Organista, K.C. & Balls Organista, P. (1997). Migrant Laborers and AIDS In The United States: A Review Of The Literature, AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(1):83-93.

Organista, K.C. & Balls Organista, P. (1997). "Migrant laborers and AIDS in the United States: A review of the literature," AIDS Education and Prevention: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(1):83-93.

Organista, K.C. & Muñoz, R.F. (1996). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Latinos, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 3:255-270.