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Kristina Lovato

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

B.A., Saint Mary's College of California, 2000
M.S.W., San Francisco State University, 2006
Ph.D., University of Calfiornia, Los Angeles, 2017




Biographical Information

Dr. Kristina Lovato joined the School of Social Work faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2017, and currently teaches courses in Human Behavior and Applied Projects. Her research focuses on enhancing child and family well-being for vulnerable and undocumented immigrant families, particularly those subject to immigration and/or child welfare involvement. Her current work examines how Latino youth cope with family disruption following the deportation of a parent and how schools and social service providers respond to the needs of these immigrant families.

Through specialized training at UCLA’s Spatial Analysis Lab, Dr. Lovato has worked on several child welfare related research studies. She implemented a technology-based intervention, the DCFS Needs Portal, a web-based tool designed to reduce the length of time families are involved in the child welfare system in Los Angeles County. Dr. Lovato’s scholarly work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at national conferences.

Dr. Lovato has over 10 years of clinical experience serving diverse communities as a bilingual child welfare worker, child therapist and school-based mental health clinician. She formerly served as the Project Coordinator for the CalSWEC Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program in the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University, and as a lecturer at CSU Fullerton. She has experience teaching social work practice, child welfare policy, group work, and field education courses. 

Kristina Lovato Curriculum Vitae

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Office Location: Social Sciences / Public Administration Building (SSPA) -144
Phone: 562.985.2108
Fax: 562.985.5514



  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment

  • Applied Projects


  • Child Welfare

  • Latino/a immigrant youth and families 

  • International migration policy

  • Maltreatment prevention in underrepresented communities

  • Cultural competence in social service provision