Growing up as the middle child influenced his decision to become a psychologist. He had ample time for introspection. Another influence in his decision to pursue a career in psychology was his mother’s activism in the underserved community.

The American Psychological Association (APA) sets an ethical standard that psychologists contribute professional work with no personal gain.
“Psychologists recognize that fairness and justice entitle all persons to access to and benefit from the contributions of psychology and to equality in the processes, procedures and services being conducted by psychologists.”
His beliefs about personal contributions to the poor and underprivileged in our community align perfectly with the APA ethical standards.


During the four years that he taught at Baylor, he supervised graduate students and discovered the community of Waco lacked doctors who would accept Medicare and Medicaid. 

Additionally, his research in the community showed that it lacked practitioners from minority groups which led women and minorities to use the Baptist Health System Emergency Department for all of their medical needs. This research allowed the Baptist Health System to better understand the issues within the community's referral system.

The American Psychological Association invited him to participate in the Psychology Partnership Project. He has participated in presentations across the country to expand community engagement. He went on to teach at the University of the Incarnate Word for 17 years. He received several grants to continue his research and treatments within the community.

The federal Housing & Urban Development granted him to be the primary investigator on a $400,000 construction grant. His focus on service-learning, and civic engagement led him to his current role at the Presa Community Center.

He has been working as a professor of psychology for 22 years and as a Licensed Psychologist for 20 years.

His current work consists of therapy at the Presa Community Center and conducting disability examinations for veterans. He was previously employed at the Counseling and Behavioral Center of San Antonio conducting psychological assessments.

He has conducted workshops for continuing education credit for other psychologists focusing on diagnostic issues with cultural factors. His research is influenced by his dedication to furthering knowledge and implementation in community settings and focuses on the application of psychological concepts in real world settings.  




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