Ricardo Gonsalves



Department Faculty

  • Assistant Professor

  • Campus:
  • Irvine, CA
Marriage & Family Therapy
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 4199 Campus Dr Irvine CA 92612
Office 428B
4199 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

My interest in psychology began when I was participating in a Chicano mural project in San Diego. I was curious about why some families would discourage their children from studying art or cultural expression. This eventually led me to study cognition and communication at UC San Diego then Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard I had an advisor who taught courses on Culture and Personality from a Neo-Freudian perspective. This provided further motivation to understand the links between ethnicity, gender, and class in relation to social structures and cultural practices.

Upon returning to California I took a position as an Associate Researcher at UCLA and then pursued a MA in clinical psychology at a small school that was based on psychodynamic and object relations theory. I have worked with victims of torture, children, adolescents and adults. Currently I remain active in the area of Latino mental health and I also work with creative professionals regarding mental health issues.

Education History
Degree Institution
B.A. Communication Arts UC San Diego
M.Ed. Human Development and Psychology Harvard University
MA College of Developmental Studies, Los Angeles
Ed. D. Human Development and Psychology Harvard University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association Division 39-Psychoanalytic Psychology
Member California Latino Psychological Association
Member CAMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Co-Founder and Former Board of Directors California Latino Psychological Association
Core Artists Magoski Arts Colony, Fullerton, CA
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Career/Workplace Issues Career Counseling
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Anxiety Disorders
Mood Affective Disorders / Suicide
Diversity Community Mental Health
Cultural Issues
Marriage & Family Couples Counseling
Family Therapy
Psychology Subdisciplines - Marriage and Family
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Hysterical blindness and the ideology of denial: Psychosocial considerations of resistance to multicultural education. In Ideologies in education: Unmasking the trap of teacher neutrality. Bartolomé, L. (Ed.) (2007). Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. NY Mexican repatriates and mental health: Silent wounds and unanswered echoes Communiqué. A Publication of the Office of Minority and Ethnic Affairs. American Psychological Association. February 2002.

Collaborative Course Assessment and Modification: A Case Study in Progress With Leslie Reese, Ph.D.; John Attinasi, Ph.D.; and Olga Rubio Ph.D. Workshop presented at the 5th Annual CSU Fullerton Assessment Conference March, 2001.

Confronting the demarcation of resistance: A social-cognitive study of instructors' experiences at five California State Universities. National Association of Multicultural Educators Conference, San Diego, California 1999

Psychosocial issues in the development of prejudice and discrimination Meeting on common ground: A conference on refugee and immigrant children's education. San Diego State University, San Diego, California 1998

Borderline identity: Psychocultural resistance to the spectacle of ethnicity. Exterior /Interior Borders Conference Department of Languages and Literatures Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. April, 1998.

The voices of anti-bias peer trainers: Their struggle against racism and hate. With Lucia Rodriguez, Ed.D. American Education Research Association National Conference. San Diego California. April, 1997

Preventing ethnic bias and promoting respect in diverse classrooms. With Marjorie Green MS. Project presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Social Sciences. Cincinnati Ohio. November, 1997.

Identity, disfigurement and Chicano cultures mid-life crisis: Issues of dominance and resistance. Paper presented at New Perspectives on Chicano Culture. UCLA May 1997

Professional Skills
aging , anger, anxiety, career counseling, cognitive/cognitive behavioral therapy, community mental health, couples counseling, creativity, cultural issues, depression, diversity issues, family therapy, identity development, immigration/immigrant populations, Latino psychology, leadership, marriage and family therapy, mental illness, multicultural training, parenting, personality disorders, political advocacy, pop culture, psychoanalysis, psychopathology, psychotherapy, racism, relationships/dating, stress, work/life balance, workplace issues