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David Becerra

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Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
Biography: 

Dr. David Becerra is an Associate Professor, a Southwest Borderlands Scholar, and the Director of the Office of Latino Projects in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.  His research focuses on social justice and wellbeing among Latinos, particularly in the areas of migration and immigration, health, and academic achievement. 

Education: 

Ph.D. Arizona State University

Research Interests: 

Social Justice and the Wellbeing of Latinos:

  • Migration and Immigration
  • Health
  • Academic Achievement
Publications: 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Refereed Journal Articles

(Order of authorship represents relative contributions, *student co-authors)

Becerra, D.  (2020).  “They say we are criminals”: Stress, fears, and hopes of migrant dairy workers as a result of US immigration policies.  Journal of Poverty, 24(5-6), 389-407.

Becerra, D., *Hernandez, G., Porchas, F., Castillo, J., *Nguyen, V., *Perez-González, R.  (2020).  Immigration policies and mental health: Examining the relationship between immigration enforcement and depression, anxiety, and stress among Latino immigrants.  Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work.  Special Issue: Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Families: Research and Practice, 29(1-3), 43-59.

Sangalang, C. C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lechuga-Pena, S., Lopez, K., & Kim, I. (2019). Effects of pre-migration trauma on mental health: A comparison of Asian American and Latino refugees and voluntary immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, 21(5), 909-919. 

Becerra, D., Castillo, J. & Silva Arciniega, M.R.  (2019).  Perceptions of social work students in Mexico and the United States regarding the role of the government in addressing social issues: Implications for social work education.  International Social Work, 62(4), 1230-1244.

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F.M, Sangalang, C.C., & Lopez, K. (2019). Subsidized housing and low-income mother's school-based parent involvement: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study wave five. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48(3), 323-338.

Becerra, D., Castillo, J., Silva Arciniega, M.R., *Naddy, M.B.G., & *Nguyen, V.  (2018).  Increased immigration enforcement and perceived discrimination among Latino immigrants. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 45(2), 39-65.

Becerra, D., Wagaman, M.A., Androff, D., Messing, J.T., & Castillo, J.  (2017).  Policing immigrants: Fear of deportation and perceptions of law enforcement and criminal justice. Journal of Social Work, 17(6), 715-731.

Becerra, D. & *Kiehne, E.  (2016).  Assessing the relationship between
remittance receipt and migration intentions among Mexican adolescents living
along the US-Mexico border.  Norteamérica, 11(2), 7-30. 

Becerra, D.  (2016).  Anti-immigration policies and fear of deportation: A human rights issue.  Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 1(3), 109-119.

Becerra, D., Gurrola, M., & Wagaman, M.A. (2015).  The impact of low socioeconomic status and perceived discrimination on parental perceptions of the wellbeing of Latino children.  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 25(8), 790-800.

Becerra, D., Quijano, L.M., *Wagaman, M.A., *Cimino, A.M., & *Blanchard, K.N. (2015).  How immigration enforcement affects the lives of older Latinos in the U.S. Journal of Poverty, 19(4), 357-376.

Messing, J.T., Becerra, D., *Ward-Lasher, A.W., & Androff, D.  (2015).  Latinas’ perceptions of law enforcement: Fear of deportation, crime reporting, & trust in the system.  Affilia, 30(3), 328-340.

Becerra, D., Androff, D., Messing, J.T., Castillo, J., & Cimino, A.  (2015).  Linguistic acculturation and perceptions of quality, access, & discrimination in health care among Latinos in the U.S.  Social Work in Health Care, 54(2), 134-157.

Becerra, D., Castillo, J., Ayón, C., & *Blanchard, K.N. (2014).  The moderating role of parental monitoring on the influence of peer pro-drug norms on alcohol and cigarette use among adolescents in Mexico.  Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, 297-306.

Becerra, D., Androff, D.K., *Cimino, A., *Wagaman, M.A., & *Blanchard, K.N.  (2013).  The impact of perceived discrimination and U.S. immigration policies upon perceptions quality of life among Latinos in the United States.  Race & Social Problems, 5(1), 65-78.

Becerra, D.  (2012).  Perceptions of educational barriers impacting the academic achievement of Latino K-12 students.  Children & Schools, 43(3), 167-177.

Becerra, D., Androff, D., Ayón, C., & Castillo, J.  (2012).  Fear vs. facts: The economic impact of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 39(4), 111-134.

Becerra, D.  (2012).  The impact of anti-immigration policies and discrimination in the U.S. on migration intentions among Mexican adolescents.  International Migration, 50(4), 20-32.

Castillo, J. & Becerra, D.  (2012).  The perception of poverty and social welfare policies among undergraduate and graduate social work students in the United States. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22(4), 375-391.

Becerra, D. & Castillo, J.  (2011).  Culturally protective parenting practices against substance use among adolescents in Mexico.  Journal of Substance Use, 16(2), 136-149.

Becerra, D.  (2010). Differences in perceptions of barriers to college enrollment and the completion of a degree among Latinos in the U.S.  Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 9(2), 187-201.

Becerra, D., Gurrola, M., Ayón, C., Androff, D., Krysik, J., Gerdes, K., Moya-Salas, L., & Segal, E.  (2010).  Poverty and other factors affecting migration intentions among adolescents in Mexico.  Journal of Poverty, 14(1), 1-16.

Book Chapters

Becerra, D., *Hernandez, G., Porchas, F., Castillo, J., *Nguyen, V., *Perez-González, R.  Immigration policies and mental health: Examining the relationship between immigration enforcement and depression, anxiety, and stress among Latino immigrants. (2021).  In M.Y. Lee (Ed.), Immigrant and Refugee Youth and Families: Research and Practice, (pp.  ).  New York: Routledge.

Becerra, D.  (2014).  The effects of neoliberal capitalism on immigration and poverty among Mexican immigrants in the U.S.  In S. Haymes, M. Vidal de Haymes, & R. Miller (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Poverty and the United States.  New York, NY: Routledge.

Becerra, D., Ayón, C., Gurrola, M., Androff, D.K., & Segal, E.A. (2014). Poverty among immigrants and refugees. In E. Giffords & K. Garber (Eds.), New perspectives on poverty: Policy, programs, and practice.  Chicago: Lyceum.

Marsiglia, F.F., Becerra, D.  & Booth, J.M.  (2014 [updated article]). Alcohol and drug problems: Prevention.  In The Encyclopedia of Social Work.  Oxford University Press.

doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.517

 

 

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 598Special Topics
SWG 632Policy Practice
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 632Policy Practice
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 632Policy Practice
SWG 731Welfare State
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 460Legal Issues in Social Work
SWG 560Legal Issues in Social Work
Presentations: 
  • Becerra, D. Stigma and discrimination: The causes and impact on diverse populations in the U.S. 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (Jan 2015).
  • Kiehne, E. & Becerra, D. Examining predictors of anti-immigrant sentiment. 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (Jan 2015).
  • Kiehne, E. & Becerra, D. Factors Influencing Anti-Immigrant Sentiment. 19th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research (Jan 2015).