Victor Figuereo

  • Assistant Professor

Dr. Victor Figuereo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. His work focuses on racialization, the intersections of race and ethnicity, and access to health and mental health care as it pertains to the psychological well-being and distress of Latinx individuals living in the United States. The purpose of his works is to demystify the ethnic and racial homogeneity of U.S. Latinxs, render visible the lived experiences of Afro- and Black-Latinxs, and contribute to the elimination of Latinx health and mental health disparities in the U.S. He is the author of Racialization and Psychological Distress among U.S. Latinxs (Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2021). Dr. Figuereo received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clark University and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University. He completed his master’s degree in social work and doctorate degree at the Boston College School of Social Work.

Research Interests

  • Latinx health and mental health disparities
  • Race, ethnicity, and racialization with Latinx populations
  • Access to healthcare and mental health care services among Latinx populations

Representative Publications

  1.      Figuereo, V., & Calvo, R. (2021). Racialization and Psychological Distress among U.S. Latinxs. Journal of Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities
  2.      Figuereo, V., & Calvo, R. (2018). Latinx use of traditional health care: The social network effect. Journal of Health & Social Work43(4), 217-225. DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hly024
  3.      Rosales, R., Figuereo, V., Woo, B., Cano, M., & Perez-Aponte, J. (2018). Preparing to work with Latinos: Latino-focused content in social work master’s programs. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 38(3), 251-262, DOI: 10.1080/08841233.2018.1472175

Fellowships, Awards & Honors

1.     Elaine Pinderhughes Doctoral Fellowship, Boston College (2017)

2.     ALANA (Student of Color) Leadership Award Clark University (2012)

3.     Ronald E. McNair Summer Research Fellowship, University of New Hampshire (2010)


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