Department of Psychology

Saul Alamilla

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 4023
Email: salamil1@kennesaw.edu
Phone: 470-578-7730


Profile

Dr. Alamilla is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining KSU, he was an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Dr. Alamilla’s work lies at the interface of cultural, social, and ecological forces and how these influence the general health and wellbeing of ethnic/racial groups. Broadly speaking, he is interested in how adverse social and ecological factors variously affect ethnic/racial groups, particularly Latino/as, but also in how these groups cope with these adversities. His work draws on sociocultural, ecocultural, as well as public health perspectives to understand the influences of psychosocial, sociocultural, ecological factors, and social adversity on the general health of these populations. A major focus of his work involves acculturation and enculturation and how these processes affect mental health. Another focus is on how community and ecological factors influence mental health. A third focus centers on culturally-informed psychological interventions and assessment with Latino/as, which includes community-based interventions to enhance the health and wellbeing of this and other ethnic/racial groups. His teaching interests consist of applied sociocultural psychology, US ethnic “minority” psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and applied research methods in psychology. In addition to research and teaching, he serves as ad hoc reviewer for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Latina/o Psychology, and The Counseling Psychologist. He received the PhD in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009, where he received a Eugene-Cota Robles Fellowship.

Dr. Alamilla is also involved in two large additional projects, one on the use of the Electronic Core-Curriculum (eCore) at KSU and other University System of Georgia (USG) institutions with the KSU Distance Learning Center eCore team. The DLC eCore research team will conduct a longitudinal analysis of eCore student success and performance in downstream course work. Another is a cross-cultural (international) research project that will take place in Lima, Peru during a Study Abroad Program, Summer 2016 as well as in Atlanta, GA. Highly qualified and interested students are encouraged to inquire with Dr. Alamilla.


Prospective URAs and UTAs

Students who have met prerequisites and are interested in Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) and/or Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) opportunities with me are encouraged to send me inquiries and their interests via email. 

Selected Refereed Publications

Alamilla, S. G., & Wojcik, J.V. (2013). Assessing for Personality Disorders in the Hispanic Client. In L. T. Benuto (Ed.), Guide to Psychological Assessment with Hispanics. New York, NY: Springer.

Alamilla, S. G., Scott, M., & Hughes, D. L. (submitted for publication). Examining Enculturation and Enculturation Related Sociocultural Factors as Potential Protective Factors on the Relationship between Individual Psychosocial Stressors and Community Level Factors on Mental Health of Ethnocultural Groups.

Alamilla, S. G. (in press). Latino/a Mental Health. In J. M. Benitez, & J. F. Moreno (Eds.), Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Issues Today. Greenwood Publishing Group.

Reynaga-Abiko, G., Alamilla, S. G., & Aros, J. (in press). Psychological testing and assessment with Latino/as. Monograph for Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Issues.

Alamilla, S. G., & Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, A. N. (2010). Acculturation, Enculturation, Perceived Racism, Minority Status Stressors, and Psychological Symptomatology among Latino/as. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(1), 55–76.

Kim, B. S. K., Soliz, A., Orellana, B., & Alamilla, S. G. (2009). Latino/a Values Scale: Development, Reliability, and Validity. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 42(2), 71-91. (Selected as the 2010 AACE/MECD Editor's Choice Research Award; Nominated for the ACA national research award.)

Kim, B. S. K., & Alamilla, S. G. (2008). Research in and on school counseling. In H. L. K. Coleman & C. Yeh (Eds.), Handbook of school counseling (pp. 751-764). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

Selected Refereed Presentations

Alamilla, S. G., Barney, B., Small, R., & Donovan, R. (2015, May). Decomposing the Immigrant Paradox: A test of acculturation, enculturation, and acculturative stress on problematic alcohol use among first and later generation U.S. ethnic college students. Poster session presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY. [Theme Poster: Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: Psychological Science and Immigration.]

Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., Walker, T., & Sisson, F. R. (2014, August). Acculturation, enculturation, perceived racism, and mental health among Asian Americans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.  

Alamilla, S. G., Scott, M., & Hughes, D. (2012, May). Differential Protective Effects of Enculturation, Religious/Spiritual Coping, and Family Obligation on Psychological Wellbeing. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Alamilla, S. G., Scott, M., & Hughes, D. (2012, April). Differential Protective Role of Sociocultural Factors on Relationship between Psychosocial Stressors and Community Level Factors on Mental Health of Ethnocultural Groups. In African and Latino/a Americans’ Psychological Well-being. Symposium conducted at Kennesaw State University's annual Suburban Conference: Social Problems and Solutions, Kennesaw, GA. (Invited presentation.)

Alamilla, S. G. (2009, August). Enculturation, Color-Blind Racial Ideology, Racism-Related Stress and Latino/a Mental Health. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CN.

Alamilla, S. G., Cartnal, R., Kim, B.S.K., & Smith, S.R. (2009, August). Cultural Validity of the Personality Assessment Inventory for Latino/as. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CN.

Alamilla, S. G. (2008, August). An overview and synthesis of extant psychosocial interventions and mental health literature for Latino/as. In Cultural Contributions to Latino/a Problems and Solutions. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Alamilla, S. G., Kim., B.S.K., & Lam, A.N. (2007, August). Adherence to Latino/a cultural norms, perceived racism, minority status stressors, and psychological symptomatology. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Alamilla, S. G., Cartnal, R., Kim, B.S.K., Zack, C., & Smith, S.R. (2007, March). Impact of enculturation and acculturation on the Personality Assessment Inventory. In S. R. Smith, & S. G. Alamilla (Chairs), Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Personality Assessment. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Arlington, VA.

Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, A. N. (2006, October). Adherence to Latino/a Cultural Values and Behavior, Acculturative Stress, and Psychological Symptomatology. In Therapeutic Considerations in Working with Latino/a Clients. Symposium conducted at the inaugural Building a Multiculturally Competent Professional Community conference at Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA.

Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, A. N. (2006, October). Adherence to Latino/a Cultural Values and Behaviour, Acculturative Stress, and Psychological Symptomatology. In Activist Scholarship: Documenting Undocumented Border Space. Symposium conducted at the inaugural meeting/conference of the Chicano Studies Department, University of California at Santa Barbara.

Kim, B. S. K., Soliz, A., Gonzalez, M., Orellana, B., & Alamilla, S. G. (2006, August). Development of the Latino(a) Values Scale. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Kim, B. S. K., Soliz, A., Gonzalez, M., Orellana, B., & Alamilla, S. G. (2006, August). Development of the Latino(a) Values Scale. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Courses Taught at KSU

PSYC 2110: Interacting Effectively in a Diverse Society: Psychological Approaches

PSYC 2300 & 2300L: Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 3385: Ethnic Minority Psychology

PSYC 4440: Clinical and Counseling Psychology: Science and Practice