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David Becerra

Assistant Professor
School Of Social Work (SSW)
Arizona State University
United States of America


David Becerra, MSW, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Becerra joined ASU from Colorado State University and has also worked with Latino youth and families for several years in the Southwest. He is co-principal investigator on federal and state grants to examine and address issues affecting adolescents and young adults in Mexico as well as Latinos in the Southwest including the Prevention Empowerment and Resiliency Collaborative, (PERC); a $1.2 million SAMHSA-funded grant which provides culturally modified trauma-focused treatment to Latino youth and families in northern, Colorado with a particular emphasis on trauma that has occurred as a result of immigration related issues; Promoting Opportunities for Development Education and Resilience (PODER): Green Construction & Human and Institutional Development Program an $800,000 USAID funded project in collaboration with the Universidad Iberoamericana, Tijuana, to provide youth in Tijuana who have dropped out of school and are not currently employed, with education and job skills in order to address issues of poverty and deter youth from engaging in drug trafficking; Seasonal and Migrant Worker Mental and Physical Health: The Impact of Stress and Substance Use which examines the impact of work, acculturation, immigration related stress and substance use on the mental health of Latino migrant farm and dairy workers in Colorado; and Public Achievement: Examining Practices that Support and Sustain Critical Civic Engagement among Youth which involves the examination of adaptations to Public Achievement programs in order to enhance the cultural competency of the mentors and coaches of those programs for the benefit of Latino and other minority youth populations who are enrolled.

Research Interest

Adverse effects of poverty among Latinos , Migration and immigration , Latino health, Latino education and academic achievement, staff ,tenure/tenure track


  • Messing, J. T., Becerra, D., Ward-Lasher, A., & Androff, D. K. (2015). Latinas’ Perceptions of Law Enforcement: Fear of Deportation, Crime Reporting, and Trust in the System. Affilia - Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(3), 328-340. DOI: 10.1177/0886109915576520

  • Becerra, D., Quijano, L. M., Wagaman, M. A., Cimino, A., & Blanchard, K. N. (2015). How Immigration Enforcement Affects the Lives of Older Latinos in the United States. Journal of Poverty, 19(4), 357-376. DOI: 10.1080/10875549.2014.999969

  • Kulis, S., Booth, J. M., & Becerra, D. (2016). Drug-Resistance Strategies of Early Adolescents in Mexico: Gender Differences in the Influence of Drug Offers and Relationship to the Offeror. Substance Use and Misuse, 51(3), 370-382. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2015.1110171

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