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Biography

Dr. Guillermo Bernal is the Director of the Institute for Psychological Research and Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. His work has focused on training, research and development services in mental health, for which he has received several awards.

His recent publications are focused on the treatment of depression, psychosocial treatments, intervention development, and cultural adaptations of evidence-based practices.

Among his topics of professional interest are the effectiveness and efficacy of research on adolescent depression, program development and evaluation of psychological services, issues of psychology and health in Latinos and other ethno-cultural groups.

Academic Positions

  • Present2008

    Director

    Institute for Psychological Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras

  • Present1992

    Professor of Psychology

    Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

  • 20081992

    Director

    University Center for Psychological Services and Research, Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

  • 19921986

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras.

  • 19871986

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    University of California, Department of Psychiatry, at San Francisco General Hospital.

  • 19861978

    Assistant Professor of Psychology

    University of California, Department of Psychiatry, at San Francisco General Hospital.

  • 19781977

    Staff Psychologist

    Community Organization for Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

  • 19781977

    Pre-doctoral Intern

    Psychology Department, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Philadelphia, PA.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 1978

    Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

    University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1978 (Clinical Psychology). Dissertation: Couple interactions: A study of the punctuation process

  • M.S. 1975

    Master of Clinical Psychology

    University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1975 (Clinical Psychology). Thesis: Vicarious eyelid conditioning in a discrimination learning paradigm.

  • A.B. 1972

    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

    University of Miami, 1972 (Psychology), awarded Cum Laude Thesis: Modifying the cognitive skills of institutionalized severely and profoundly retarded children with the use of behavior modification principles in a conceptual development program.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • August, 2015
    Stanley Sue Award
    For distinguished contributions to diversity in clinical psychology, Society of Clinical Psychology, Toronto, Canada, August 2015.
  • January 17, 2013
    Distinguished Elder Award
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    National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston, Texas.
  • October 31, 2009
    Wayne S. Fenton Undergraduate Research Education Award
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    National Institute of Mental Health for outstanding achievement as a mental health research educator, Albuquerque, NM.
  • June, 2009
    Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award
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    American Family Therapy Academy, New Orleans.
  • August, 2008
    Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award.
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    Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic and Minority Issues (American Psychological Association, Division 45), Boston, MA.
  • August, 2008
    Contributions to Interventions for Communities of Color in Clinical Psychology Award
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    Contributions to Interventions for Communities of Color in Clinical Psychology Award. Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 12).
  • October, 2007
    Investigator of the Year Award
    Revista Ciencia de la Conducta, Science of Behavior Journal, Carlos Albizu University, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • October, 2006
    Distinguished Professional Career Award
    National Latino Psychological Association, Milwaukee, WI.
  • August, 2006
    Distinguished Member Award
    Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
  • August, 2005
    Distinguished Contributions to Science Award
    Society of Clinical Psychology: Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities Section (American Psychological Association, Division 12, Section 6), Washington DC.
  • August, 2003
    Carolyn Atneave Diversity Award
    Society for Family Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 43), Chicago.
  • September, 2002
    Mentor Award
    National Hispanic Science Network, Los Angeles, CA.
  • August, 1999
    Mentor Award
    Society of Clinical Psychology: Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities Section (American Psychological Association, Division 12, Section 6), Boston, MA.
  • November, 1998
    Psychologist of the Year Award.
    Asociación de Psicólogos de Puerto Rico.
  • April, 1972
    Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Award
    In recognition for outstanding contribution and achievement in undergraduate research psychology.