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Concepcion Barrio - USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Los Angeles, CA, US

Concepcion Barrio Concepcion Barrio

Associate Professor | USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


Barrio has a national reputation in mental health services research, particularly the interaction of ethnicity & effective clinical practice






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Concepcion (Concha) Barrio joined the USC faculty in 2006 after serving as associate professor in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University and co-investigator at two research centers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in San Diego, the Child and Adolescent Services Center and the Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research (ACISR) at the University of California, San Diego. Barrio continues to maintain her research positions at these two centers and as principal investigator of the Latino Studies Unit at the ACISR.

Barrio has a national reputation in mental health services research, particularly the interaction of ethnicity and effective clinical practice. Since 1997, she has been the principal investigator on three NIMH grants. Currently, her NIMH research study examines the development of a culturally based family intervention for Mexican-Americans dealing with schizophrenia. She is also a co-investigator on several other National Institute of Health grants in Los Angeles and San Diego that focus on the cultural relevance of mental health services and on the development and cultural adaptation of interventions for Latino and other underserved and under-researched multicultural populations dealing with severe and persistent mental illness and co-morbid conditions.

Barrio has 20 years of social work practice experience in community and private mental health settings with multicultural populations. Her teaching expertise is in the area of advanced direct practice in mental health settings and psychopathology and the diagnosis of mental disorders.

She has served on the Services Research Scientific Merit Review Committee at the National Institute of Mental Health and has been nominated as standing member of this Review Committee. Barrio also serves as reviewer for numerous interdisciplinary scientific journals in social work, psychiatry, psychology, public health, anthropology, cultural diversity and mental health services.
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Education (3)

University of Southern California: PhD 1998

University of Southern California: MSW 1980

Loyola Marymount University: BA 1978

Areas of Expertise (3)


Diversity/Cross Cultural

Mental Health

Industry Expertise (2)



Accomplishments (4)

Mentor Recognition Initiative Honor, CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition Program (professional)


Hutto Patterson Award for Distinguished USC School of Social Work Faculty, Excellence in Teaching & Service (professional)


USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring (professional)


Most Influential Graduate Faculty Award, SDSU School of Social Work (professional)



Research Articles & Publications (5)

The Relationship between Social Competence, Symptom Severity and Employment in Schizophrenia

Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health

Mercedes Hernandez, Concepción Barrio, Caroline Lim, John S. Brekke

2017 Given the functional impairments associated with schizophrenia, engaging in work activities is challenging for most individuals with the illness. This study examined clinical and social barriers to employment among individuals with schizophrenia.

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Families and Medication Use and Adherence Among Latinos With Schizophrenia

Journal of Mental Health

Mercedes Hernandez & Concepción Barrio

2016 Medication nonadherence among Latinos with schizophrenia represents a significant treatment obstacle. Although some studies have examined patient and family perceptions of adherence, few have examined these perceptions together. However, such knowledge can provide a deeper understanding of how family processes may contribute to or impede adherence among underserved groups such as Latinos.

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Bored in Board-and-Care and Other Settings: Perspectives of Latinos With Schizophrenia

Psychiatric Services

Concepción Barrio, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Dahlia Fuentes, Ph.D., M.P.H., Mercedes Hernandez, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Paula Helu-Brown, M.S., Barton W. Palmer, Ph.D.

2016 Our practice and research experiences have corroborated the ubiquitous nature of boredom as a legitimate problem among persons with schizophrenia. We report here on data from qualitative interviews conducted with 13 Latinos with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. The data are part of a larger study to determine the effectiveness of an educational intervention to improve the informed consent process. Boredom emerged as a salient theme related to research participation.

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Remission of Symptoms in Community-based Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services for Individuals With Schizophrenia


Lim, Caroline Barrio, Concepción Hernandez, Mercedes Barragán, Armando Yamada, Ann-Marie Brekke, John S.

2016 The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of remission in individuals with schizophrenia at baseline and 6 months after admission to community-based psychosocial rehabilitation and whether baseline intrapersonal and environmental resources predicted remission at 6 months, controlling for relevant demographic and clinical variables.

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Correlates in the Endorsement of Psychotic Symptoms and Services Use: Findings from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys

Community Mental Health Journal

Armando Barragán, Ann-Marie Yamada, Karen Kyeunghae Lee, Concepción Barrio

2016 Endorsement of psychotic symptoms serves as an indicator of significant health issues and interpersonal distress. Seeking services is the ultimate recourse for many individuals, yet few studies have assessed the help-seeking process in a nationally representative sample. This study, guided by Lewis-Fernández et al.’s (J Nerv Ment Dis 197(5):337–347, 2009) analyses, examined the association of lifetime endorsement of psychotic symptoms with demographic, clinical and support system variables and types of services received.

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