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Currently working on a funded qualitative research study examining the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx undocumented communities in Los Angeles. 

Students will develop qualitative research skills such as: conducting a literature review, methodological training, data analysis, manuscript development and dissemination.


Dr. Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW, joined the School of Social Work faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2017. Her research focuses on enhancing child and family well-being among vulnerable and undocumented immigrant families, particularly those subject to immigration and/or child welfare involvement. Her previous work examines how Latinx 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. Dr. Lovato is currently working on a funded research study examining the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx undocumented communities in Los Angeles. Through her research, she aims to develop culturally grounded interventions to increase services and supports for families. Dr. Lovato’s scholarly work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented at national conferences. As a social work educator, Dr. Lovato draws upon over 10 years of clinical experience serving diverse children and families as a bilingual child welfare social worker, child therapist, and school-based mental health clinician. She formerly served as a lecturer and the Project Coordinator for the Title IV-E Program in the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University and as a Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at CSU Fullerton. Dr. Lovato serves on the Board of Directors at Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition.