University of California, Riverside

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Cecilia Ayón

Cecilia Ayón

Graduate Advisor, Associate Professor of Public Policy

Public Policy
4131 Interdisciplinary South
(951) 827-5577

Research Areas

  • Latino immigrant family wellbeing
  • Immigration policy
  • Health disparities
  • Intervention research
  • Social policies


  • PhD University of Washington, 2008
  • MSW California State University, Long Beach, 2004
  • B.A. California State University, Long Beach, 2001
  • AA Pasadena City College, 1999


Cecilia Ayón is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy.  Her research broadly examines factors that promote and hinder Latino immigrant families’ wellbeing, health disparities, and intervention development and evaluation.  Her research has been founded by the Silberman Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development.  She is currently carrying out a large mixed methods study on the ethnic-racial socialization process among Latino immigrant families. The study examines the impact of restrictive state level immigration policies and discrimination on parenting practices.

View Professor Ayón’s CV here. 


Selected Publications: 

  • Ayón, C. (2016).  Talking to children about race, inequality, and discrimination: Raising families in an anti-immigrant political environment.  Journal of the Society for Social Work Research, 7(3), 449-477.
  • Philbin, S.P. & Ayón, C. (2016). Luchamos por nuestros hijos: Latino immigrant parents strive to protect their children from the deleterious effects of anti-immigration policies. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 123-135. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.019 
  • Gurrola, M., Ayón, C., &Salas, L.M., (2016). Latino adolescents’ education and hopes in an anti-immigrant environment: The perspectives of first and second generation youth and parents. Journal of Family Issues, 37(4), 494-519. doi: 10.1177/0192513x13510298  
  • Ayón, C., Baldwin, A., Umaña-Taylor, A.J., Marsiglia, F.F., & Harthun, M. (2016). Agarra el momento/seize the moment: Developing communication activities for a drug prevention intervention with and for Latino families in the US Southwest. Qualitative Social Work, 15(2), 281-299. doi : 10.1177/1473325014566487 
  • Rubio-Hernandez, S.P. & Ayón, C.(2016).  Pobrecitos los Niños: The emotional impact of anti-immigration policies on Latino youth. Children and Youths Services Review, 60, 20-26. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.013  
  • Ayón, C. (2015).  Economic, social and health effects of discrimination on Latino immigrant families. Migration Policy Institute: Washing DC.  Available at:
  • Ayón, C., Williams, L.R., Marsiglia, F.F., Ayers, S., & Kiehne, E. (2015). A latent profile analysis of Latino parenting: The infusion of cultural values on family conflict. Families in Society, 96(3), 203-210. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.2015.96.25 
  • Ayón, C., Peña, V., & Bou Ghosn, M. (2014). Promotoras’ efforts to reduce alcohol use among Latino youth: Engaging Latino parents in prevention efforts. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 23(2), 129-147. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2014.903137

    Redistributed as a Policy Brief by SIRC:
  • Ayón, C. (2014). Service needs among Latino immigrant families: Implications for social work practice. Social Work, 59(1), 13-23. doi: 10.1093/sw/
  • Ayón, C., & Quiroz, A. (2013). Promoting Mexican immigrant families’ well-being: Learning from parents what is needed to have a strong family. Families in Society, 94(3), 194-202. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.4315
  • Ayón, C., Marsiglia, F., & Bermudez Parsai, M. (2010).  Latino family mental health:  Exploring the role of discrimination and familismo. Journal of Community Psychology, 38(6), 742–756. doi: 10.1002/jcop.20392
  • Ayón, C. (2009).  Shorter time-lines, yet higher hurdles:  Mexican families access to child welfare mandated services.  Children and Youth Services Review, 31, 609-616. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2008.11.004

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University of California, Riverside
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Tel: (951) 827-1012

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School of Public Policy
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South

Tel: (951) 827-5564


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