Dr. Guadalupe A. Bacio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science 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 mental health outcomes among ethnic minority youth with an emphasis on reducing 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. Dr. Bacio also studies mental health outcomes among first-generation college students.

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 adolescents and young adults
  • Community based participatory research

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

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

*Indicates student collaborator

Bacio, G. A. (2021) Motivational pathways to problematic drinking among Latinx college drinkers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology29(5), 466–478. https://doi-org.ccl.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/pha0000516

*Querdasi, F. & Bacio, G.A. (2021) Suicidal behaviors among Latina adolescents: An ecodevelopmental approach and narrative review. Journal of Adolescence, 93, 161-176, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2021.10.007

*Meza Lazaro, Y. & Bacio, G. A. (2021) Determinants of mental health outcomes among transgender Latinas: Minority stress and resilience processes. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. https://doi-org.ccl.idm.oclc.org/10.1037/sgd0000545

Pearson, A.R., Bacio, G.A., Naiman, S. et al. (2021) Cultural determinants of climate change opinion: Familism predicts climate beliefs and policy support among US Latinos. Climatic Change, 167 (11) . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-021-03165-2

Bacio, G.A., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G. (2020) Facilitating change in drinking cognitions and behaviors among three immigrant generations of Latinx youth through a school-based intervention: Findings from a multi-site clinical trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11: 11:574487. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.574487

*Azpeitia, J., *Lopez, J., *Ruvalcaba, S. & Bacio, G.A. (2019) Alcohol and Marijuana Use Behaviors among Latinx Adolescents: The Interplay of Intra- and Inter-Personal Predictive Factors Differ by Gender. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. 10.1080/1067828X.2019.1691103

Bacio, G.A., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G. (2017) Engagement and retention of ethnically diverse adolescents to a school-based intervention. Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, 44(1): 52-62. doi: 10.1007/s11414-016-9540-9

Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Garcia, T.A., Anderson, K.G., Brown, S.A., & Myers, M.G.(2017) Impact of ethnic composition on mechanisms of change in substance use prevention groups. Prevention Science, 18(1): 61-70. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0741-5

Bacio, G.A. & Ray, L. A. (2016) Drinking initiation among Latino youth: Cognitive and contextual explanations of the immigrant paradox. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2016.1153553

Garcia, T.A., Bacio, G.A., Tomlinson, K., Ladd, B.O., & Anderson, K.G. (2015) Effects of sex composition on group processes in alcohol prevention groups for teens. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4, 275-83. doi: 10.1037/pha0000032

Bacio, G. A., Estrada, Y., Huang, S., Martinez, M., Sardinas, K., & Prado, G. (2015). Ecodevelopmental predictors of early initiation of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among Hispanic adolescents. Journal of School Psychology, 53(3), 195-208. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2015.02.001

Bacio, G. A., Guzman, I., Shapiro, J., & Ray, L. A. (2014). Differences in quit attempts between non-Hispanic Black and White daily smokers: The role of smoking motives. Addictive Behaviors, 39(12), 1769-1772. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.07.001

Bacio, G. A., Lunny, K., Webb, J., & Ray, L. A. (2014) Alcohol use following an alcohol challenge and brief intervention among alcohol dependent individuals. American Journal of Addictions, 23(1),96-101. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12071.x.

Bacio, G. A., Moore, A., Karno, M., & Ray, L.A. (2014) Determinants of problematic alcohol use and depression among a sample of Latino day laborers. Substance Use and Misuse 49(8), 1039-1048. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.852577

Bacio, G. A., Mays, V. M., & Lau, A. S. (2013) Drinking initiation and problematic alcohol use among Latino adolescents: Examining explanations for the immigrant paradox. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 14-22. doi: 10.1037/a0029996

Courtney, K., Ashenhurst, J., Bacio, G. A., Moallem, N., Bujarski, S., Hartwell, E., & Ray, L.A.(2013). Craving and subjective responses to alcohol administration: Validation of the desires for alcohol questionnaire in the human lab. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 74(5), 797-802.

Moallem, N. R., Courtney, K. E., Bacio, G. A., & Ray, L.A. (2013) Modeling alcoholism severity: An integrative structural equation modeling approach. Frontiers in Psychiatry 4, 75. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00075

Prado, G., Huang, S., Cordova, D., Malcom, S., Cano, N., Estrada, Y., Maldonado-Molina, M.,Brown, H., Bacio, G. A., Rosen, A., & Pantin, H. (2013) Ecodevelopmental and intrapersonal moderators of a family-based preventive intervention for Hispanic adolescents: A latent profile analysis. Prevention Science 14(3), 290-299. doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0326-x

Prado, G., Cordova, D., Huang, S., Estrada, Y., Rosen, A., Bacio, G., Jimenez, G., Pantin, H., Brown., H., Villamar, J., Velazquez, M.R., Freitas, D., Tapia, M., & McCollister, K. (2012). The efficacy of Familias Unidas and alcohol outcomes for Hispanic delinquent youth: Main effects and effects by environmental context. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 125 Suppl 1, 18-25. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2012.06.011

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Bacio, G.A., Brumback, T., & Brown, S.A. (2017). Alcohol and youth: Evaluations of developmental impact. In H.E. Fitzgerald and L. Putter (Eds.). Alcohol Use Disorders: A Developmental Science Approach to Etiology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press Kia-Keating, M., Capous, D., Juang, L., & Bacio, G. A. (2016). Family factors: Immigrant families and intergenerational considerations. In S. G. Patel and D. Reicherter (Eds). Psychotherapy for Immigrant Youth. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., Green, ReJoyce, & Bacio, G. A. (2016). Alcohol use disorder. In W. E. Craighead, Miklowitz, D.J., Craighead, L. W. (Eds). Psychopathology: History, diagnosis, and empirical foundation 3rd Edition.

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., & Bacio, G. A. (2013) Alcohol use disorders: History, theory, and diagnosis. In W. E. Craighead, Miklowitz, D.J., Craighead, L. W. (Eds). Psychopathology: History, diagnosis, and empirical foundation 2nd Edition (550-582). Hoboken, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Ray, L.A., Courtney, K., Bacio, G. A., & MacKillop., J. (2013) Assessment of craving in addictive behavior. In J. Mackillop and H. de Witt (Eds). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of addiction pharmacology (345-380). Malden, MA: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.