Department: MSW Program
Dr. Lucio is a licensed clinical social worker, with over 18
years of experience working directly with youth “at-risk” of
adverse behavioral, academic, and mental health outcomes.
Dr. Lucio is experienced at developing models of risk
and protective factors in youth, providing trainings on cultural
competence, and serving as a national panelist looking at the
impact of ethnicity and ethnicity and cultural diversity on the
educational outcomes for youth with disabilities for the U.S.
Department of Education.
His focus is on how risk and protective factors interact to
affect child, youth and family cognitive, social, and emotional
development. Findings of his work demonstrated that many of
the same risk and protective factors have an impact on the mental
health of children in school settings, child development, maternal
and child health, and adolescent pregnancy, making the
investigation of these factors crucial to the development of
interventions to alleviate these concerns.
Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Lucio has taught at the Undergraduate, Masters, and
Doctoral level, including courses on Research, Theory, Practice,
Cultural competence, Child Development, and Family/Community
Violence. His research interests include Risk and Protective
Factors in Family, Child, and Youth Development, Cultural and
Linguistic Competence, School Social Work, Adolescent Pregnancy and
Parenting, and the use of data in making evidence informed
decisions. Dr. Lucio has also consulted with local school districts
to enhance social workers use of evidence informed interventions,
and has been actively involved school mental
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