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Argero Zerr, Ph.D.

Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego State University, Department of Psychology

Contact Information

San Diego State University
6363 Alvarado Ct., Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92120


Dr. Argero Zerr is the current Oscar Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow at San Diego State University. Dr. Zerr received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her masters and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology from Arizona State University. After graduate school, she completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Oregon’s Child and Family Center and Prevention Science Institute. As part of the Kaplan Fellowship, she is working under the mentorship of Drs. Robin Weersing and May Yeh to study the dissemination and implementation of community-based mental health services, with a particular emphasis on internalizing problems and culturally diverse youth and families.

Research Interests

Dr. Zerr’s research interests broadly focus on the study of contextual factors related to the development, measurement, and treatment of internalizing problems in children and adolescents. More specifically, her research includes the study of: (a) cultural and familial characteristics related to the development of youth internalizing problems, (b) measurement evaluation, with a focus on cross-cultural measurement equivalence and culturally appropriate measurement tools, and (c) the design and evaluation of developmentally and culturally-informed intervention and prevention programs.


  • Pina, A. A., Holly, L. E., Zerr, A. A., & Rivera, D. E. (2014). A personalized and control systems engineering conceptual approach to target childhood anxiety in the contexts of cultural diversity. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(3), 442-453. 
  • Pina, A. A., Zerr, A. A., Villalta, I. K., & Gonzales, N. A. (2012). Indicated prevention and early intervention for childhood anxiety: A randomized trial with Caucasian and Hispanic/Latino youth. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(5), 940.
  • Zerr, A. A., & Pina, A. A. (2014, April). Predictors of Initial Engagement in Child Anxiety Mental Health Specialty Services. In Child & Youth Care Forum (Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 151-164). Springer US.
  • Zerr, A. A., Holly, L. E., & Pina, A. A. (2011). Cultural influences on social anxiety in African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Latino, and Native American adolescents and young adults. Social anxiety in adolescents and young adults: Translating developmental science into practice, 203-222.