Leopoldo J. Cabassa
Associate Professor of Social Work
Research: NIH-supported studies and over 40 journal articles on racial/ethnic health disparities and the implementation of health interventions for underserved populations with serious mental illness.
Professor Cabassa works in the fields of health and mental health services research for racial and ethnic minorities. Specifically, he conducts studies on ways to reduce the stigma towards mental illness among the Hispanic population, and on developing, testing, and implementing interventions to improve the physical health of under-served populations with serious mental illness. His research program blends quantitative and qualitative methods and community engagement to understand the factors that fuel racial and ethnic inequities in health and mental health care and uses this knowledge to inform the development and implementation of interventions to reduce disparities.
Dr. Cabassa’s work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the New York State Office of Mental Health. Both of his current NIH projects aim to promote the physical health of Hispanics with serious mental illness (SMI):
Dr. Cabassa received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. He began his career as a social work researcher with a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was also an assistant professor, with a joint appointment at the USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cabassa has taught graduate level courses on research and evaluation methods, foundation of social work practice, and social work with Latino populations. He has reported findings from his research in academic journals and book chapters.