Working with Latinx Populations with Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen – Episode 193

Working with the Latinx population, we try and work within those cultural values. We don’t want to necessarily change anybody’s values and respect is a key component in Latinx culture, but we want to work with their cultural values and help them to interpret in a new way. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen. Lisa is an academic leader in the areas of health equity and multicultural and Latinx health and she has 30 years of experience conducting research and clinical work with Latinxs, Blacks, and other ethnic minorities in culturally competent health behavior assessments and interventions. Lisa is an Associate Professor and the Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine at Rush Medical College at Rush University Medical Center. She is also the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup in the Department of Family Medicine, as well as Core Faculty and Director of Integrated Behavioral Health & Wellness, DEI, and Research in the Rush-Esperanza Family Medicine Residency Program. She also has an adjunct Associate Professor position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2008, Lisa received the Distinguished Professional Early Career Award from the National Latino Psychological Association based on her research, her teaching, her clinical practice, service, and mentorship as it relates to Latino Health. Together Graham and Lisa discuss the use of Latinx, Latino, Hispanic, etc. as an identity, the noteworthy medical health, and mental health-related issues, the acculturation of stress, Latinx worldviews, the importance of within-group differences, and the importance of understanding ethnic identity and cultural values. One of the things we get to do as practitioners is, we get to kind of shade in and develop with them a greater appreciation for who they are within the context of their family, their community, and their cultural heritage.


For more information about Rush University Department of Family and Preventative Medicine, please visit:

To connect with Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen on LinkedIn, please visit:

To connect with Dr. Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen on Twitter follow @DrlisaSJ, or visit:

Follow Behavioral Health Today in Your Favorite Podcast Player

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on iHeart RadioListen on SpotifyListen on Google PodcastsListen on StiticherListen on YoutubeListen on Radio RepublicListen on RSS Feed