John   Gonzalez

Associate Professor  

Office: ESWOT 1.220
Phone: (956) 665-2895
Email: john.gonzalez@utrgv.edu

Dr. John Gonzalez

John M. Gonzalez, PhD, LMSW, associate professor at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, Department of Social Work. He is also the Director of the MSSW Program. His research interests are older Latinos and mental health services. He also authored and co-authored publications on older Latinos and mental health services and older adults overcoming oppression.





Selected Publications


  • Denise Longoria and John Gonzalez. "The need for social workers along the South Texas border: Meeting the need through distance education," San Juan, Puerto Rico: HETS Online Journal VII, no. Spring 2017 (May 2017): 44-60.

  • John Gonzalez, Denise Longoria, Romeo Escobar, and Annjanette Gonzales. "Older Mexican Americans’ help seeking behavior: The influence of the family regarding mental health service utilization," Cypress, Texas: . Global Journal of Multidisciplinary Research 1, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017): 1-11.

  • John Gonzalez, Steven Applewhite, and Iran Barrera. " Older Mexican Americans: Pathways to Mental Health Service Use," Social Work in Mental Health 13, no. 4 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2015): 390-414.

  • John Gonzalez and Iran Barrera. "Older Mexican-Americans Perception of Mental Distress: Mexican-Americans Perceptions of Mental Distress," Rio Bravo: A Journal of the Borderlands 23, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2014): 69-93.

  • Iran Barrera, John Gonzalez, and Cathleen Jordan. "Perceptions of Mental Illness among Mexican-Americans in the Rio Grande Valley," Journal of Ethnic And Cultural Diversity in Social Work 22, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2013): 1-16.

  • John Gonzalez and S Applewhite, . "Psychology of Latino American Older Adults: Strengths and Challenges to Mental Health in a Shifting Society," Mental Health Across Racial Groups: Lifespan perspectives.. Springer, 2011.

  • John Gonzalez. "From GED to PhD.," Narratives of Social and Economic Justice. Washington, DC: NASW Press, 2009.

  • R Greene,, John Gonzalez, and Nigel Cohen. Narratives of Social and Economic Justice. Washington, DC: NASW Press: , 2009.

  • ., Lee Greene, John Gonzalez, and M Evans, . "Cultural Narratives, older adults, and resilient communities," Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole: , 2006.

  • Nigel Cohen, H Greene, r Lee, John Gonzalez, and M Evans. Older adults who overcame oppression. Families In Society. 87 , no. 1 2006: 35-42.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • John Gonzalez. Older Mexican-Americans help seeking behaviors: The influence of the family and social network regarding health care utilization, Center for Health Disparities and Biomedical Research, $5,000.00 (April 15, 2016 - August 31, 2016)

  • John Gonzalez. Lower Rio Grande Valley Mexican-Americans: Experiences and Perceptions of Mental Distress, Research Grant from The South Texas Border Health Disparities Center for a study titled, (January 15, 2010 - August 31, 2010)

  • John Gonzalez. Minority Fellowship Program, Council on Social Work Education and National Institute of Mental Health, $17,000.00 (September 1, 2002 - August 31, 2005)

  • John Gonzalez. Humor Intervention Strategies with the Elderly in Nursing Homes Texas State University- San Marcos, San Marcos Texas, Institute for Quality Improvement in Long Term Care, College of Health Profession,, (January 15, 1998 - May 17, 1998)



Selected Presentations


  • John Gonzalez, Denise Longoria, Romeo Escobar, and Leyla Feize. "Older Mexican Americans: Role of the Family and Mental Health Service Utilization," Research Symposium, School of Medicine UTRGV, Edinburg, Texas (August 2017)

  • John Gonzalez, Denise Longoria, Romeo Escobar, and Annjanette Gonzales. "Mexican Americans: Role of Family and Mental Health Service Utilization," 27th Annual Scientific Meeting, Texas Society for Alcoholism Research, School of Medicine, UTRGV (February 2017)

  • John Gonzalez, Denise Longoria, Romeo Escobar, and Annjanette Gonzales. "Mexican Americans: Role of Family and Mental Health Service Utilization.” ," International Research Conference, the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2016)

  • John Gonzalez. "Remedios: Coping with Mental Distress among Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley," International Research Conference, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley., South Padre Island (October 2015)

  • John Gonzalez. "Values and Ethics: Coexisting in the Age of Technology Workshop for Child Protective Services-Quarterly Meeting," Texas Department of Regulatory Services, Edinburg, Texas, (June 2011)

  • John Gonzalez. "Mexican Americans: Pathways to Mental Health Service ," Council on Social Work Education 56st Annual Program Meeting. , Portland, Oregon (2010)

  • John Gonzalez. "Professional Behavior and Gate Keeping Role in Field Education, Orientation for Field Education," University of Texas-Pan American, Department of Social Work, (January 2010)

  • Iran Barrera and John Gonzalez. "Mexico Americanos en el Valle del Rio Grande," Binational Research Colloquim on Social Policy, The University of Texas Pan American and The Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, (November 2009)

  • R Greene, John Gonzalez, Nigel Cohen, and Y Lee. "A Study of Memories of Older Adults: Critical Events Involving Discrimination," Council on Social Work Education 51st Annual Program Meeting with 3rd national Gerontological Social Work Conference , New York, NY. (February 2005)

  • S Tijerina, R. Rubio,, and John Gonzalez. Latino Social Workers’ Perceptions Regarding Doctoral Education and Academia, Council on Social Work Education 51st Annual Program Meeting, New York, NY (February 2005)

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