Creator & Founder

Gustavo Loera, EdD

Dr. Loera earned a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California in 2006. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and a bachelor’s degrees with a double major in psychology and Mexican American Studies. 

For close to three decades, his work in education and research in community mental health and wellness has been devoted to the historically vulnerable and underserved populations in addressing health and educational inequities. Dr. Loera continues working with school districts, colleges and universities, government agencies, counties, and community-based organizations in capacity-building, and advancing workforce development efforts in health and behavioral health care. In 1997, he designed the first Human Services Academy Model for Mental Health America of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District to increase the number of minority youth entering the mental health professions pipeline. Dr. Loera also helped design a high school to community college pipeline model for students interested in a certificate in mental health recovery. More recently, he is working with schools and districts across California implementing early identification, early prevention, and early intervention strategies to raise awareness of the social determinants of health and promote youth mental well-being.

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The HOSA 2018 HERO Award

The HOSA 2024 Leadership In Collaboration Award