My research interests concentrate on three primary areas. The first focuses on expanding our understanding about the mental health of youth of ethnic and linguistic minority backgrounds, especially those of Latino/a and immigrant families. I am interested in cultural influences and risk and protective factors that help explain the patterns and levels of distress and maladjustment within and across ethnic groups.

A second research area is the prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety in youth, centering on developing interventions that are evidence-based, transportable, culturally-informed, and effectively implemented in school and other community settings. A related interest is in tracking and reporting on the diversity of samples enrolled in published clinical trials as well as documenting and building evidence of the efficacy of interventions for underserved populations.


As a third area, I am interested in developing educational strategies and programs for individuals to become actively involved in the educational and mental health systems. This research includes developing interventions to help individuals become collaborative partners with their providers in order to identify and receive the best possible services.



Antonio Polo, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Psychology

DePaul University

Department of Psychology

2219 North Kenmore Avenue

Room 532

Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: 773-325-7183

​Office hours by appointment

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