Dr. Guerrero is a great husband, loving father of a little girl, Sophie, and a caring son and brother.
On his path to becoming a social worker, Dr. Erick Guerrero took several detours to study clinical psychology, business administration and economics before working in management for organizations that served ethnic and racial minorities. Guerrero studied clinical psychology at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City. His interest in the field grew out of past experiences with people in the community who needed “extra support to maximize their potential.” Upon moving to Chicago to continue his education, Guerrero began working in the Domestic Violence, Partner Abuse Intervention and Child Abuse fields. He was nominated counselor of the year working with victims of abuse and quickly promoted to clinical supervisor entering the management field. Awakened to the possibility of improving services, he pursued a PhD in social work in management at the University of Chicago, focusing his dissertation on organizational components that could be modified to implement culturally responsive practices in the nation’s outpatient substance abuse treatment field, one of the few studies of its kind.
Guerrero has expanding the scope of his research studies to implementation of evidence-based practices in different health care settings. Guerrero’s overall focus on implementation drivers, such as leadership and financial mechanisms to improve quality of care services for low-income Latinos and other vulnerable populations. Guerrero has been able to provide his students with opportunities to conduct meaningful field work. Under his mentorship, students have traveled to service organizations across the nation and interview key administrators, giving them an opportunity to both understand new research methodologies and become acquainted with real-world practice.
Awards and Distinctions
Excellence in Research Award, Honorable Mention, Society for Social Work and Research (2017)
National Investigator - Level 1, National Science Foundation of Mexico (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Mexico) (2015)
Slavin-Patti Outstanding Article of the Year, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance Journal (2014)
2009 - 2010
University of Southern California
Post-Doctoral Fellow. School of Social Work.
2004 - 2009
University of Chicago
Ph.D., School of Social Service Administration.
Doctoral Advisers: Susan Lambert, Ph.D. (chair), Jeanne Marsh, Harold Pollack and William Ocasio.
Fellow, Inaugural Cohort, Society for Social Work and Research (2014)
Emerging Scholar of the Year, Association for Community Organization & Social Administration (2013)
Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship, National Network for Social Work Managers (2012)
1998 - 2002
Governors State University
M.A. Department of Psychology
1992 - 1995
University of the Americas, Mexico City.
B.A. Department of Psychology
USC Invitational Speaker, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Conferences (2011)
LARSON Endowment for Innovative Research and Teaching Award, USC School of Social Work - Hamovitch Research Center (2010-11)
Dean's Program, USC School of Social Work (2010-11)
Best Abstract Award for “Building Culturally Responsive Systems of Care” (Abstract No.: 4IC0041), The University of Hong Kong Student Award - Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda (2010)
Outstanding Social Work Dissertation Award Honorable Mention, Society for Social Work and Research Conference (2010)
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Minority Researchers in Health, National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Drug Abuse (2007-09)
New Investigator Travel Award, Addiction Health Services Research Conference, National Institute of Drug Abuse (2009)
New Investigator Travel Award, European Research Network on Cooperatives and Social Enterprises Conference (2009)
Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Research on Non-Profit Organizations and Volunteering Action (2008)
New Investigator Travel Award, Addiction Health Services Research Conference, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2008)
Mediation Analysis Training Scholarship, Penn State University and National Institute of Drug Abuse (2008)
National Research Service Award, Health Services Research Training program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at University of Chicago (2007)
Travel Research Award, Harris-Doolittle Fellowship, Santiago, Chile (2006)