Race and Ethnic Relations


Esteban V. Cardemil, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: 508.793.7738
Email: ecardemil@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Professional Website

Dr. Cardemil received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1993 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and 2000, respectively. He was subsequently at Brown University, where he completed his predoctoral internship in 2000, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. He has been at Clark since 2002.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Cardemil's research focuses on understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the United States that continue to disproportionately affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research program includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioral theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches. Current research projects take place in the local community and investigate the effects of culture and gender in a variety of contexts, including middle-and high-school urban children, Latino families, and the help-seeking process. In addition, Dr. Cardemil has written about the incorporation of considerations of race, ethnicity, and culture into psychotherapy practice and research.

Selected Publications

Edwards, L.M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press). Clinical approaches to assessing cultural values in Latinos. In K. Geisinger (Ed.), Psychological testing of Hispanics: Clinical and intellectual issues.

Sanchez, M., & Cardemil, E.V. (in press).  Brave new world: Mental health experiences of Puerto Ricans, immigrant Latinos and Brazilians in Massachusetts. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Moreno, O., & Cardemil, E.V. (2013). Religiosity and mental health services: An exploratory study of help seeking among Latinos. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 1, 53-67.

Kim, S., & Cardemil, E.V. (2012). Effective psychotherapy with low-income clients: The importance of attending to social class. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Cardemil, E.V., Moreno, O., & Sanchez, M. (2011). One size does not fit all: Cultural considerations in evidence-based practice for depression. In C. Beevers, D. Springer, and A. Rubin (Eds.), Treatment of Depression in Adolescents and Adults: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice (pp. 221-243). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Cardemil, E.V. (2010). Cultural adaptations to empirically supported treatments: A research agenda. The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 7, 8-21.

Cardemil, E.V., Kim, S., Davidson, T.M., Sarmiento, I., Ishikawa, R., Sanchez, M., & Torres, S. (2010). Developing a culturally appropriate depression prevention program: Opportunities and challenges. Special issue of Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 17, 188-197.

Ishikawa, R., Cardemil, E.V., & Falmagne, R. (2010). Help-seeking and help-receiving for emotional distress among Latino men and women. Qualitative Health Research, 20, 1558-72.

O'Donnell, E.H., Moreau, M., Cardemil, E.V., & Pollastri, A. (2010). Interparental conflict, parenting, and childhood depression: The role of general cognitive style. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 12-22.

Pollastri, A. R., Cardemil, E. V., & O'Donnell, E. H.  (2010). Self-esteem in pure bullies and bully/victims:  A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 1489-1502.

Cardemil, E. V., & Sarmiento, I. (2009). Clinical approaches to working with Latino adults. In F. A. Villarruel, G. Carlo, J. M. Grau, M. Azmitia, N. Cabrera, & T. J. Chahin (Eds.), Handbook of Latino Psychology (pp. 329-345). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Davidson, T. M., & Cardemil, E. V. (2009). Parent-child communication and parental involvement in Latino adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 29, 99-121.

Sarmiento, I., & Cardemil, E.V. (2009). Family functioning and depression in low-income Latino couples. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35, 432–445.

Cardemil, E. V. (2008). Culturally sensitive treatments: Need for an organizing framework. Culture and Psychology, 14, 357-367.

Cardemil, E. V., Adams, S. T., Calista, J. L., Connell, J., Encarnacion, J., Esparza, N. K., et al. (2007). The Latino Mental Health Project: A local mental health needs assessment. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 34, 331-341.

Cardemil, E. V., Reivich, K. J., Beevers, C. G., Seligman, M.E.P.,  & James, J. (2007). The prevention of depressive symptoms in inner-city middle school students: 2-year follow-up. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 313-327.