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Dr. Alison Cerezo 


Associate Professor, PH.D. 
(University of Oregon) 

Alison Cerezo is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology. They received their B.A. in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies (double majors) from UC Los Angeles; M.A. degree in Psychology, Research Emphasis from CSU Los Angeles; and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the faculty at UCSB, Dr. Cerezo was an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, College of Health and Social Sciences, at San Francisco State University where they coordinated the College Student Personnel Counseling Specialization (2013-2018) and served as Affiliate Faculty with the Health Equity Institute.

Dr. Cerezo’s primary line of research centers on reducing social and health disparities for sexual and gender diverse communities. Most recently, their work has focused on the links between stigma, discrimination and alcohol misuse and alcohol risk behaviors in sexual minority women. They are also interested in reducing barriers to mental health treatment for this community. Dr. Cerezo uses qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodologies and has carried out research on sexual and gender diverse communities in the U.S. and Mexico. 

Dr. Cerezo's scholarly work is rooted in an intersectional and critical race theory perspective - always cognizant of the ways systems of power impact health outcomes and can thus be changed to better serve underserved communities.



Fellow, Addiction Scientists Strengthened through Education and Training (ASSET), San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego via NIDA

Recipient, Georgia Babladelish Best Paper Award for 2020, Psychology of Women Quarterly

Recipient, Distinguished Contributions to Ethnic Minority Issues Award, Division 44, American Psychological Association

Selected Participant, Summer Institute on Biological Approaches to the Social Sciences, Russel Sage Foundation, 2019

Barbara Smith & Jewell E. Hovart Early Career Award for Research with Queer People of Color, Division 45, American Psychological Association, 2019

Fellow, Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE), UC San Francisco, 2019

Distinguished Contributions to Ethnic Minority Issues Award, Division 44, American Psychological Association, 2019

Distinguished Early Career Professional Award, National Latinx Psychological Association, 2018

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