Curriculum Vitae

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

EDUCATION 
Ph.D. 2015 UCLA
M.S.W. 1996 UC Berkeley
B.A. 1989 Vanguard University

PUBLISHED 
Acuña. A & Escudero, P. (2015). Helping those who come here alone. Phi Delta Kappan, 97, 42-45.
Acuña, A. & Kataoka, S. (2017). Family Communication Styles and Resilience among Adolescents. Social Work, 62(3), 261–269.

UNDER INVITED REVIEW
Acuña, A. & Martinez, J. (2017). Back to Basics® Parenting Program in Urban Schools. School Social Work. 
Kataoka SH, Vona P, Acuna A, Jaycox L, Escudero P, Rojas C, Ramirez E, Langley A, Stein BD. Applying a Trauma Informed School Systems Approach: Examples from School Community- Academic Partnerships. Ethnicity & Disease.

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,

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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