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alumni, child life, research

Child Life Specialist alumna presents at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

As a Child Life Specialist, I'm always prepared to explain my role and rationalize the need for Child Life interventions in the medical journeys of pediatric patients. Our role is not always easily understood. In fact, Child Life services remain widely unknown around the globe. Awareness of the psychosocial needs of pediatric patients continues to increase, and active areas for growth and use of the field include Asia and the Middle East.

covid19, dean's message

Tuition rates held steady for 2021-22 academic year

Tuition for all degree and certificate programs in the School of Behavioral Health will be held steady at current rates for the 2021-22 academic year. The decision to hold tuition steady is in direct response to the economic challenges that individuals and families are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

counseling and family sciences, students

Sharing Vision for Student Community and Wellness in Counseling & Family Sciences

We have all been navigating loss, disrupted rhythms, and uncertainty in 2020. At the start of shelter-in-place, I cancelled travel plans to be a bridesmaid in a close friend's wedding and attended my first wedding via Zoom instead. That same week, I found out that LLU was going entirely online. This was only the beginning of a new normal.

research, spirituality

Announcing the SBH Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Research Conference!

The Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health Spiritual Life and Wholeness Committee is announcing a Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Research Conference on November 13 (Friday), from 8:30am-12:00pm! RSVP Join Zoom Meeting

health disparities, research

Culture Matters: Lessons Learned in Creating a Successful Lifestyle Program for Latinas

In the USA, there is a well-established correlation between low literacy level and poor health outcomes. Independent predictors of low literacy include poverty and being African-American or Hispanic/Latinx. This, in part, helps to explain the disproportionately high number of chronic conditions and mortality among these groups. To address these persistent health disparities many prevention and lifestyle programs have been developed but often suffer from poor engagement and outcomes among these target groups.

psychology, religion

New professional concentration now offered in the psychology of religion

The Department of Psychology has recently approved a new professional concentration in the psychology of religion, which will provide interested students with further knowledge of the theory and literature in this area from the perspectives of both psychology and religion.

health disparities, mental health, research

The Chilling Side Effects of Living Near an ICE Detention Center

Latino immigrants experience disproportionate health disparities, are less likely to participate in lifestyle-related interventions and are less likely to succeed when they do. For the undocumented, these disparities are amplified by less use of healthcare and social services, more social isolation, poor mental health, and increased substance use.

child mental health, global mental health, psychology, research

Developing Interventions in Context

Youth from low- and middle-income countries experience mental health burdens and lack the resources necessary to address them. Most evidence-based treatments (EBTs) come from Western countries. As such, interventions that are "imported" from the West may not be a good fit. Building an intervention relevant to the community includes: accounting for local health services, addressing specific problems faced by the community, and reflecting on the feasibility and implementation of interventions.

counseling and family sciences, research, study

Help us learn about bicultural identity

Are you a second or 1.5 generation Chinese American, between the ages of 25 and 40, who has lived in Southern California? If so, we want to interview you! Our research team is exploring how second and 1.5 generation Chinese Americans navigate multiple cultures and form a bicultural identity. Study results will help professionals promote cultural self-awareness and resilience for Chinese American individuals and families.