- March 9, 2007
Loreto Prieto named Iowa State Latino/a Studies director
Loreto R. Prieto, professor of counseling psychology at the University
of Akron, has been named the director of the U.S. Latino/a Studies Program
in Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Prieto will also be a professor in the Department of Psychology. His appointment
is effective Aug. 16, 2007.
Prieto is a member of the National Latino/a Psychological Association.
He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both
teaching of psychology and counseling psychology.
Within the American Psychological Association, Prieto has been a leader
in the multicultural competencies movement. These efforts resulted in
the association adopting a stringent set of training standards and professional
competencies to ensure that psychologists are appropriately trained and
able to provide high quality services to underrepresented populations.
Prieto has published and presented over 100 professional works, many focusing
on issues of cultural diversity in psychology. He is an author on a chapter
on cultural competency in The Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology
and of a Major Contribution concerning Chicano/a psychology in the journal
The Counseling Psychologist. He is also a co-editor of the upcoming
text Best Practices for Incorporating Culture into the Curriculum.
As a second generation Mexican American from the Quad Cities area, Prieto's
vision for the Latino/a Studies program is informed by an insider's knowledge
of both Midwestern Latino/a issues and Iowa culture.
"I believe it is important to remain mindful of the fact that the
Latino/a population settled in the Midwest area is unique in its worldview
and collective experiences as compared with the clusters of Latino/as
in Texas, California, New York or Florida regions; therefore, it is important
to examine and address our community's needs with respect to environmental
and historical relevance to Iowan Latino/as," he said.
His primary goal is to build on the existing strengths of the program
and further develop and enhance a strong sense of community for Latino/a
faculty and students on campus.
"The resulting energy and support among people with shared goals
will be the foundation and lifeblood of the program as it addresses the
educational, vocational, social, political, and other needs of the broader
Latino/a community," he said.
Outside of Latino/a Studies, Prieto's research interests fall within the
broad domain of clinical training, specifically in the areas of psychology
testing and assessment and multicultural psychology, with a focus on Chicano/as.
"I also have an interest in how students develop as psychology educators
and I conduct research in the area of teaching assistant training and
supervision," Prieto said. He is the co-editor of the text Teaching
Assistant Training Handbook: How To Prepare TAs For Their Responsibilities.
In addition to his appointment the University of Akron, Prieto has also
been on the faculties of Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine,
the University of New Hampshire, the University of Oklahoma and
the University of Iowa.
Iowa State's U.S. Latino/a Studies Program is an academic unit in the
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The program currently offers an
interdisciplinary minor and is one of four ethnic studies program in the
Center for American Intercultural Studies. The director will play a central
role in the development of an interdisciplinary studies major in American
Loreto R. Prieto