Jorge I. Ramirez Garcia, Ph.D.

Education & Training

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 2001
University of California, Los Angeles, CA
NIMH Training Program on Psychological Research on Schizophrenic Conditions

Ph.D., 2000
University of Texas, El Paso
Applied Psychology

M.A., 1994
University of Texas, El Paso
Clinical Psychology

B.A., 1990
University of Texas, El Paso
Psychology

Dr. Ramírez García joined ORI in 2012. His research and applied work encompasses increasing the well-being of vulnerable populations with a focus on the recovery and community integration of adults diagnosed with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness and on the mental health of Latino youth and families. At ORI Dr. Ramirez Garcia is currently working on projects to benefit these target populations largely through the dissemination of family behavioral interventions and through community-anchored initiatives to strengthen families and their ability to use community supports effectively.

Current Projects

Publications

Marquez, J. A., Ramirez Garcia, J. I. (In Press). Family caregivers’ narratives of mental health treatment usage processes by their Latino adult relatives with serious and persistent mental illness. Journal of Family Psychology,

García, J., Manongdo, J., & Ozechowski, T. (2014). Depression symptoms among Mexican American youth: Paternal parenting in the context of maternal parenting, economic stress, and youth gender. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(1), 27-36. doi:10.1037/a0033350

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Ramirez Garcia, J. (2012). Mental health care for Latino immigrants in the U.S.A. and the quest for global health equities. Psychosocial Intervention Journal, 21, 305-318.

Cruz-Santiago, M. & Ramírez García, J. I. (2011). “Hay Que Ponerse en los Zapatos del Joven”: Adaptive Parenting Strategies Among Mexican-American Parents Residing in a Dangerous Neighborhood. Family Process, 50, 92-114.

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Kral, M, Ramírez García, J. I., Aber, M., Masood, N., Dutta, U., & Todd, N. (2011). Culture and community psychology: Toward a renewed and reimagined vision. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47, 46-57.

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Marquez, J. A., & Ramírez García, J. I. (2011). Family caregivers’ monitoring of medication usage: A qualitative study of Mexican Americans with serious mental illness. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 35, 63-82.

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Manongdo, J. M., & Ramírez García, J. I. (2011). Maternal parenting and mental health of Mexican American youth: A bidirectional and prospective approach. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 261-270.

Ramírez García, J. I., *Manongdo, J., & *Cruz-Santiago, M. (2010). The family as mediator of the impact of parent-youth acculturation / enculturation and inner-city stressors on substance use: An empirical test with Mexican American youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 404-412.

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Hernandez, B., Ramírez García, J. I., & Flyn, M. (2010). The role of familism in the relation between parent-child discord and psychological distress among emerging adults of Mexican descent. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 105-114.

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López, S. R., Ramírez García, J. I., Ullman, J. B., Kopelowicz, A., Jenkins, J., Breitborde, N. J. K., Placencia, P. (2009). Cultural variability in the manifestation of expressed emotion. Family Processes, 48, 179–194.

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Ramírez García, J. I., *Hernández, B., *Dorian, M. (2009). Mexican American caregivers’ coping efficacy: Associations with caregivers’ distress ad positivity to their relatives with schizophrenia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44, 162-170.

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Dorian, M., Ramírez García, J. I., *Hernandez, B., & López, S. R. (2008). Acceptance and expressed emotion in Mexican American caregivers of relatives with schizophrenia. Family Process, 47, 215-228.

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Manongdo, J., & Ramírez García, J. I. (2007). Mothers’ parenting dimensions and adolescent externalizing and internalizing behaviors in a low-income, urban Mexican American sample. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 593-604.

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Magaña, S., Ramírez García, J. I., Hernández, M., & *Cortez, R. (2007). Psychological distress among Latino family caregivers of adults with schizophrenia: The roles of burden and stigma in the stress-process model. Psychiatric Services, 58, 378-384.

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Ramírez García, J. I., Chang, C., *Young, J., López, S. R., & Jenkins, J. H. (2006). Family support predicts psychiatric medication usage among Mexican American individuals with schizophrenia. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 41, 624-631.

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Ramírez, J. I., Wood, J. M., Hosch, H. M., & D. Meyer, L. D. (2004). Predicting psychiatric rehospitalizations: Examining the role of Latino versus European American ethnicity. Psychological Services, 1, 147-157.

Hosch, H. M. & Ramírez, J. I. (1998). Necesidades y valores: Un análisis transcultural agregado. [Needs and values: A cross-cultural aggregate analysis]. Revista de Psicología Social y Personalidad, 14, 149-159.

Hosch, H. M., Meyer, L. D., Barrientos, G. A., Fierro, C., Ramírez, J. I., Moreno, A., Pelaez, M. P., & Pérez, Y. (1995). Predicting adherence to medication by Hispanics with schizophrenia. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, 17, 320-333.

Experience

2012-
Research Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

2004-2011
Assistant Professor in Clinical/Community Psychology
Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2007-2008
Visiting Research Scholar
Centers for Latino Family Research and for Mental Health Services Research
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2002-2004
Visiting Assistant Professor in Clinical/Community Psychology
Department of Psychology. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

2001
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
NIMH training Program on Psychological Research on Schizophrenic Conditions
University of California at Los Angeles, CA

1998, 2000 (summers)
Researcher. Fogarty International Research Program,
University of California at Los Angeles & Mexican Institute of Psychiatry, México, City.

1997-2000
Psychology Instructor
El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX

1999, summer
Research Assistant
El Paso Diabetes Association. El Paso, TX

1994-1995
Doctoral Research Intern
Life Management Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, El Paso, TX

1993-1994
Doctoral Research Intern
Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning,University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

1993, spring
Psychological Assistant
El Paso Medical Center, El Paso, TX

1992
Psychology Intern
Texas Tech University, Department of Psychiatry, El Paso, TX

Service & Awards

Editorial Service
2012-2014
Editorial Board Member
Journal of Latino/a Psychology

2010-2014
Editorial Board Member
Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology

2010-2011
Guest co-Editor
Special Issue,  Culture and Community Psychology
American Journal of Community Psychology

Awards
2010
Presentation Award
Critical Research Issues in Latino Mental Health Conference.
J. Manongdo, & J. Ramírez García. Bidirectional relations between Mexican American mothers’ parenting behaviors and youth internalizing symptoms.

2009
Presentation Award
Critical Research Issues in Latino Mental Health Conference.
B. Hernandez, & J. Ramírez García. Influences in Threat Appraisals associated with Parent-Child Conflict.

2007
Research Fellowship
Centers for Latino Family Research and for Mental Health Services Research
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

2007
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Lydia Patterson Institute, El Paso, TX

2005-2006
Member, Organizing Committee
Developing Interventions for Latino Children, Youth and Families
Conference sponsored by NIMH Grant R13 MH077403

2004
Presentation Award
Critical Research Issues in Latino Mental Health Conference
Assessment of family caregivers of the mentally ill: Toward person-centered approaches

1998
Research Fellowship
Fogarty International Research Program
Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Presentation Award
from The Society for Community Research and Action (APA Division 27)
Society on Community Research and Action Conference

1990
Departmental Honors
Department of Psychology, University of Texas, El Paso, TX