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Josefina Alvarez, Ph.D., Core Faculty, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Dr. Alvarez Interviewed on
Mental Health Needs Among
Undocumented Immigrants


Evidence of the mental health consequences of being undocumented are beginning to emerge out of case studies with immigrant children and families, according to the Adler School's Josephina Alvarez, Ph.D., Core Faculty in Clinical Psychology, whose work focuses on Latino/Latina mental health, among other areas.

“Immigration policy has real mental health consequences,” Dr. Alvarez says. “It’s not just about dealing with those who have broken the law and securing the borders. There are real human beings that are going to be affected by our immigration policies.” 

She also notes: "Continuing to delay a solution to the problems related to undocumented immigrants adds to the stress these young people feel. If they see that we, as a society, can’t find a solution to this problem, they will become more discouraged and hopeless.”

Dr. Alvarez discusses these issues based on the clinical research and her work in the Latino community, in an in-depth story for The Chicago Bureau, a collaboration of professional journalists, university faculty and students focused youth issues that is sponsored in part by the Center for Sustainable Journalism and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.

Click here to read "Undocumented Youth Struggle with Anxiety, Depression."










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