January 13, 2009
For immediate release
Dr. Manny Casas of UC Santa Barbara’s the Gevirtz School has been appointed to the American Psychological Association Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. His term began on January 1, 2009 and will expire on December 31, 2011. The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families works with interested divisions, state associations, other organizations and federal agencies to ensure that children, youth, and families receive the full attention of the APA; promotes knowledge development and dissemination; engages in policy analysis and advocacy; and provides information and referral and consultation to members and the public.
“I am very pleased to have been appointed to this Committee because I feel that the APA has not given enough attention to the extensive and unique psycho-social needs of ethnic minority families and children,” Dr. Casas says. “I expect to dedicate much time and energy toward rectifying this situation.”
After earning his secondary teaching credential, Casas found teaching to be quite rewarding, especially when working from a “counseling” perspective with children from diverse backgrounds, low income families, and at high risk for failure within the traditional educational system. Wanting to better understand such children and in turn improve his ability to help them, he obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University with a specialization in the areas of Counseling and Cross-Cultural Psychology. In his present position, a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara, he continues to direct his professional efforts towards improving the plight of such children and their families. More specifically, Dr. Casas’s most recent research and publication endeavors have focused on Hispanic families and children who are at risk for experiencing educational, health, and psycho-social problems, including tobacco, and other drug abuse. His research in this area gives special attention to resiliency factors that can help Hispanic families avoid and/or overcome such problems. Along with Joseph Ponterotto he is the co-author of the Handbook of Racial/Ethnic Minority Counseling Research and one of the editors of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling.
[Manny Casas is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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