Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Associate Professor SDSU Experimental Psychopathology
Phone 619-594-0870

Graduate Institution

SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Research Description

I conduct clinical research on the promotion of mental health and psychosocial well-being among Black and Latinx communities. One line of research aims to better characterize how adversity (e.g., poverty, discrimination, maltreatment, violence) and protective factors (e.g., family support, ethnic/racial identity) affect academic, emotional, and behavioral development in Black and Latinx youth, youth at-risk for child abuse and neglect, and youth at-risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity and disruptive behavior disorders. I also conduct community-based research to adapt and enhance evidence-based psychosocial interventions that promote academic, emotional, and behavioral well-being for implementation in community and school-based settings that are more accessible to Black and Latinx communities. Specifically, these interventions are often targeted for children and adolescents who have difficulty with attention and behavior that interfere with their learning, and/or who are at-risk for violence exposure, living in urban poverty, or have been exposed to other forms of adversity.

Representative Publications
  • Villodas, M.T., Morelli, N., Duong, J., Hong, K., Evans, M., Elson, D., Rose, E. & Fishbein, D. (2021). Differences in late adolescent psychopathology among youth with histories of co-occurring abuse and neglect experiences. Child Abuse & Neglect, 120, 105189.
  • Villodas, M.T., Moses, J.O., Cromer, K.D., Mendez, L., Magariño, L.S., Villodas, F. M., & Bagner, D. M. (2021). Feasibility and promise of community providers implementing home-based parent-child interaction therapy for families investigated for child abuse: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Child Abuse & Neglect, 117, 105063.
  • Villodas, M.T., Pfiffner, L.J., Hartung, C., Moses, J.O. & McBurnett, K. (2019). The Roles of Student Gender, Race, and Psychopathology in Teachers’ Identification of Students for Services. Children and Youth Services Review, 107, 104468. doi:
  • Villodas, M.T., Bagner, D.M. & Thompson, R. (2018). A Step Beyond Maternal Depression and Child Behavior Problems: The Role of Mother-Child Aggression. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 47(4), 634-641. doi:

Miguel Villodas CV


Linda Pfiffner (UCSF) /  Lauren Brookman-Frazee (UCSD) / Dustin Thoman (SDSU)