Dr. Guadalupe A. Bacio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina-o Studies. She joined the faculty at Pomona College in 2016. Her CV is here.

Dr. Bacio is a clinical psychologist. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles with minors in Developmental and Quantitative Psychology. Dr. Bacio completed her clinical internship at the UCSD/ San Diego VA Internship Program in San Diego, CA in the alcohol and drug treatment and primary care mental health integration tracks. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego funded by NRSA T32 Training Program (5 T32 AA 13525-13).

Dr. Bacio directs the Cultural contExts, adolesceNt healTh behavioRs, & develOpment (CENTRO) Research Lab at Pomona College.

The overarching goal of her program of research is to understand and address disparities in patterns and consequences of alcohol and drug use encountered by Latinx adolescents of different immigrant generations.

To this end, one line of Dr. Bacio’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that explain the immigrant paradox in the etiology and development of alcohol and drug use among Latinx youth of first-, second-, and third- immigrant generation. On another line of research, Dr. Bacio examines the effectiveness of school-based adolescent alcohol intervention programs for Latinx and other minority youth populations.

Research interests:

  • Alcohol and drug use among ethnic minority adolescents and young adults
  • School-based and interventions for adolescents and young adults
  • Mental health needs of Latinx populations
  • Overall health disparities among ethnic minority youth

Dr. Bacio teaches courses in the Psychological Science Department at Pomona College and cross-listed in the Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies


  • Psychology of the Chicanx-Latinx Experience
  • Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
  • Latinx Mental Health Seminar
  • Introduction to Psychological Science