Faculty Profile

Dr.David Chavez

David Chavez

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Child Development; Clinical Counseling Psychology

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Research and Teaching Interests

Currently, my research utilizes the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) paradigm to work with communities that have historically been marginalized in society due to a number of factors including but not limited to ethnicity, social class, and sexual orientation. CBPR seeks to work collaboratively with community members in a manner that is truly participatory thereby sharing power and resources. CBPR takes a perspective of recognizing community expertise in addition to academic expertise. Ideally, this work demonstrates co-learning, insuring that all members learn from each other. Finally, CBPR is typically action-oriented. It is my belief that research should lead to work that makes differences in the community.

My work typically connects our research teams with community-based organizations (CBOs) providing service to community members. My expectation is that my research students will engage in service AND research. I am particularly interested in partnerships with CBOs that address factors that impact mental health. I am also interested in collaborative efforts that empower youth, families and communities.

The following settings are where my students are currently working. The partnerships are in various stages of development. They are:

Boys & Girls Club of Waterman Gardens: The club serves a public housing complex and provides diversified activities that meet the interests of all young people. Core programs encourage activities with adults, peers, and family members that enable kids to enhance self-esteem and fulfill their potential. The Club offers diversified, developmentally appropriate program activities focusing on the physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interest of boys and girls.

Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance: The mission of Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance is to provide a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) youth of the Inland Empire. Their primary program is a drop-in youth center where LGBTQ youth can meet, participate in group activities, learn about and seek community resources, and give back to the community.