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Concepcion Barrio

Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, School of Social Work

Contact Information

USC University Park
T: (213) 821-1306


Dr. Barrio is an Associate Professor at the USC School of Social Work. She previously served as associate professor in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University and co-investigator at two research centers in San Diego: the Child and Adolescent Services Center (CASRC) and the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) at UC San Diego. Dr. Barrio continues to maintain her research positions at these two centers and as Principal Investigator of the Latino Studies Unit at the ACISR.
She has a national reputation in mental health services research, particularly the interaction of ethnicity and effective clinical practice. Her current NIMH-funded research study examines the development of a culturally based family intervention for Mexican-Americans dealing with schizophrenia. She is also a co-investigator on several other National Institute of Health grants in Los Angeles and San Diego that focus on the cultural relevance of mental health services and on the development and cultural adaptation of interventions for Latino and other underserved multicultural populations dealing with severe and persistent mental illness and co-morbid conditions. She also has 20 years of social work practice experience in community and private mental health settings with multicultural populations.

Research Interests

  • Diversity/Cross Cultural 
  • Mental Health 

Clinical and Teaching Focus

Her teaching expertise is in the area of advanced direct practice in mental health settings and psychopathology and the diagnosis of mental disorders.


  • Barrio, C., Dixon, L., Jeste, D.V., Russo, P. & Yamada, A. (in press). Clinician interactions with patients and families. Comprehensive Care of Schizophrenia: A Textbook of Clinical Management (2nd).
  • Lambros, K. & Barrio, C. (in press). Mental health interventions with Latino students in multi-cultural school environments: A framework for assessing biases and developing cultural competence. In Franklin, C., Harris, M. & Allen-Meares, P (Eds.) The School Services Sourcebook: A Guide for School-Based Professionals. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Barrio, C., Hernández, M. & Barragán, A. (2011). Serving Latino Families Caring for a Person with Serious Mental Illness. In Buki, L.P. & Piedra, I.M (Eds.) Creating infrastructures for Latino mental health. (pp. 159-175). New York: Springer.

Current Projects

R01MH097274 (NIMH) Informed Consent for Latinos with Schizophrenia
Multiple-PIs: B.W. Palmer and C. Barrio