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Roberto Cancio - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Roberto Cancio Roberto Cancio

Assistant Professor of Sociology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts







Dr. Roberto Cancio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University. As a researcher, Dr. Cancio has focused on the intersection between the social, behavioral mechanisms, and pathways underpinning resilience and susceptibility to adverse mental health conditions that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic priority veteran populations and the impact of racism and discrimination on health behavior and strategies for military families. Concurrently, Dr. Cancio contributes to the design and implementation of community-based research that takes into account how culture, context, affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of life outcomes for under-resourced communities of color.

Dr. Cancio has worked on multiple projects focused on issues surrounding public health and mental health disparities, juvenile justice, adolescent alcohol and drug prevention, homelessness, community organizing, and civic engagement. He has assisted in the development, implementation, and evaluation of various projects with the California Department of Probation, Liberty Hill, California Community Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Southern District of Florida, Community Coalition, Social Model Recovery Services, and The Nippon Foundation. Dr. Cancio has also interviewed with Univision for his work on the opioid epidemic.

He is currently a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse at the University of Southern California.

Education (5)

University of Miami: PhD 2018

University of Florida: C.P.E., Psychiatric Epidemiology 2017

University of Miami: MA 2015

University of California, Berkeley: BA 2013

East Los Angeles College: AA 2011


Areas of Expertise (5)

Community-Based Participatory Practice

Mental Health & Wellness

Military and Family Members

Alcohol and Drug Use


Industry Expertise (2)



Affiliations (3)

  • National Hispanic Science Network
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Sociological Association

Languages (2)

  • Spanish
  • English

Media Appearances (1)

La adicción a los opioides, una epidemia que preocupa a la comunidad hispana

Univision  tv


León Krauze habló con el doctor Roberto Cancio, analista de Social Model Recovery Systems (SMRS), y con Socorro Chacón, quienes participarán en el Western States Opioid Summit, que se realiza del 19 al 21 de septiembre en el Centro de Convenciones de Anaheim.

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Research Grants (1)

Youth Vaping in Los Angeles: Youths’ Perceptions, Behaviors, and Outlet Density

University of California: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of California $853,800


Using geo-narratives, the study will explore the commercial and social factors that guide adolescents’ decisions to use vaping products. Approximately 50 adolescents, aged 14-19, will participate in the three-year study, which will help cultivate a better understanding of the popularity and normalization of new tobacco products among youths, as well as adolescent tobacco-related health disparities.

Courses (5)

Quantitative Research Methods

SOCL 2100

Principles of Sociology

SOCL 1000

Sociology Seminar: Liberation Sociology

SOCL 4900

Health and Social Justice

SOCL 3998

Military Sociology

SOCL 3998