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As the President/CEO of BAI, Dr. Cervantes provides the managerial, financial and operational leadership of the firm. He serves as the senior executive and principal investigator for the firm's engagements and provides direction for all the marketing and administrative tasks of the company. Dr. Cervantes is a leader in his field. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the field of mental health and HIV/AIDS research and program evaluation. He pioneered the application of statistical analysis and epidemiological techniques to Latino and other  multi-ethnic populations in a community health environment. Dr. Cervantes has a contributed significantly to the development and sophistication of a body of knowledge to address complex health and human services issues using scientific-based solutions. He received his Ph.D. and master's degrees in psychology and his bachelors in business administration and psychology from Oklahoma State University. His past teaching and academic positions include the University of Southern California, Department of Psychiatry, the California Professional School of Psychology, the University of Oklahoma, Department of Human Relations and the California State University at Northridge. His professional and clinical experience consists of forensic consultation and staff positions at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Children's Medical Center. He began his career as a research psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cervantes is well published with over 40 publications/articles in mental health and HIV/AIDS areas including A Juvenile Delinquency Diversion Program for Latino Youth (Under Review), Predictor of Alcohol Use Among Young Adult Latinos (Under Review), Evaluating Hispanic/Latino Programs: Ensuring Cultural Competency (1998), Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1998), The Challenge of Participatory Research: Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems in Ethnic Communities (1995) and Substance Abuse and Gang Violence(1992-Sage Publication). He has completed more than 20 individual advisory engagements as an evaluator/research consultant for numerous governmental agencies, community-based organizations and foundations in the last three years. He has been a member of numerous professional committees including the Hispanic High Risk Cluster Group, U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMSHA State Incentive Grant Evaluation Guidance Committee and CSAP's.
Richard C. Cervantes, Ph.D.
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