Curriculum Vitae


M. ALEJANDRA ACUÑA, MSW, LCSW, PPSC, PhD


EDUCATION

Ph.D. 2015                 
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Social Welfare

M.S.W. 1996             
University of California, Berkeley, Department of Social Welfare

B.A. 1989                  
Vanguard University

PUBLISHED
Acuña. A & Escudero, P. (2015). Helping those who come here alone. Phi Delta Kappan, 97, 42-45.

IN PRESS
Acuña, A. (2017). Family Communication Styles and Resilience among Adolescents, Social Work.

UNDER REVIEW
Acuña, A. (2017).  Back to Basics® Parenting Program in Urban Schools, School Social Work.

BOOK CHAPTERS
Acuña, A., Martinez, S., & Warren, B.  (1994).  Youth and HIV Testing.  In M. Quackenbush & K.Clark (Ed.), The AIDS Challenge: Prevention Education for Young People.  Santa Cruz:  ETR Associates.
Acuña, A.  (1992).  The Smokeless Vision Network.  In Live It Up: Supporting a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle.  NorthBay Health Resources Center.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Acuña, A.  (1996, April).  The Child Welfare Worker as Advocate, Part 2.  NASW California News, 22(6), 6.
Acuña, A.  (1996, March).  The Child Welfare Worker as Advocate, Part 1.  NASW California News, 22(6), 6.
Acuña, A.  (1995, December).  Latin American Immigrants.   FOCUS: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling, FOCUS Supplement On HIV Antibody Test Counseling, 11(1), 1-3.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor
Social Work Department, CSUN 

Lecturer
Social Work Department, CSUN 

Lecturer
Child and Family Studies and Chicano Studies Departments    
California State University, Los Angeles

Lecturer                                                                                          
Social Work Services in Schools                                                       
University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Social Welfare

Temporary Faculty                                                                           
Social Work Department, CSULA                                                      

PRACTICE EXPERIENCE 

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Professional Expert

PLAZA COMMUNITY SERVICES
Clinical Director

PEOPLE ASSISTING THE HOMELESS (PATH) 
Clinical Supervisor 

GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Social Work Intern Supervisor 

EL NIDO FAMILY CENTERS 
Clinical Director 

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 
Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW) 

PICO RIVERA CITY HALL, Community Development Department 
Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator 

SONOMA COUNTY FAMILY and CHILDREN’S SERVICES 
Social Worker

STATE OFFICE OF AIDS 
Trainer (Consultant)

BAHIA VISTA FAMILY CENTER 
Social Work Intern

SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 
Social Work Intern

LOS ANGELES FREE CLINIC 
Adolescent Outreach and Education Program Administrator 

NORTHEAST VALLEY HEALTH CORPORATION 
HIV Services Director 

NORTHEAST VALLEY HEALTH CORPORATION 
Prenatal/Family Planning Health Educator

HONORS & AWARDS
  • Friends of School Mental Health Marion McCammond Social Work Award, 2009
  • Heart of Social Work Field Instructor Award - North American Field Educators and Directors, 2004.
  • Clinical Instructor appointment, UCLA Department of Social Welfare, 2003
  • Field Instructor, Special Recognition Award, CSULA School of Social Work, 2003
  • Outstanding Field Instructor Award, CSULA School of Social Work, 2000
  • Ryan White’s Angel Award for innovative peer education and counseling program, Project ABLE – Los Angeles Free Clinic, 1996

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