Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry)
Assistant Director, NYS Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence,
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Ph. D, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in Psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University , Assistant Professor a the Columbia University School of Social Work, and the Assistant Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Cabassa received his M.S.W and Ph.D. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed in 2004 an NIMH pre-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University and in 2006 a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Dr. Cabassa was an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Social Work and at the USC Keck School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
His research focuses on understanding the causes of racial and ethnic disparities in health and mental health care and in developing and implementing culturally tailored interventions aimed at reducing these disparities. His scholarship and publications have focused on racial and ethnic minorities’ access to mental health services, acculturation theory and measures, integration of depression and diabetes care in the Latino community, depression treatments in primary care, suicidal behavior among Latina teens, the effects of language and ethnicity in the psychiatric diagnostic process, and the quality of care in social and medical services. His work has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Cabassa has taught graduate level courses in research and evaluation methods, mental health policy, and social work with Latino populations. He is a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, the American Public Health Association, and the Academy of Health.
Undergraduate: Washington University , B.A., 1994-1998
Graduate: George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, M.S.W, 1999-2001
Doctoral Degree: George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, Ph.D., 2001-2005
• Mental Health Services Research
• Social Work
• Implementation Science
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 1703 Unit/Box:11
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
1. Cabassa LJ, Zayas LH, Hansen M : Latino adults’ access to mental health services: A review of epidemiological studies . Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 2006;33: 316-330
2. Cabassa LJ, Lester R, Zayas LH : “It’s like being in a labyrinth:” Hispanic immigrants’ perceptions of depression and attitudes toward treatments . Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 2007;9: 1-16
3. Cabassa LJ, Hansen M : A systematic review of depression treatments in primary care for Latino adults. . Research on Social Work Practice 2007;17: 494-503
4. Cabassa LJ, Hansen M, Palinkas LA, Ell K: Azúcar y nervios: Explanatory models and treatment experiences of Hispanics with diabetes and depression. Social Science & Medicine 2008;66: 2413-2424
5. Torres LR, Cabassa LJ, Zayas LH, Alvarez-Sánchez TA : Assessing psychosocial stressors in Hispanic outpatients: Does clinician ethnicity matter? . Psychiatric Services 2008;59: 690-692