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Dr. Miguel Ángel Cano is trained in counseling psychology and conducts research in social epidemiology and prevention science. His program of research concentrates on the etiology and prevention of health risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol misuse) and poor mental health (e.g., depression and generalized anxiety), and aims to understand social determinants of health and inequities affecting Hispanic communities and other under-resourced populations. His primary research interests are 1) social stressors and coping resources in relation to alcohol misuse and poor mental health/psychological distress, and 2) evidence-based health interventions for under-resourced populations. His research program has been supported by funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

Dr. Cano currently serves as a Standing Member in the NIAAA study section for Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). He has also served on the editorial board of the following journals: Annals of Epidemiology, Behavioral Medicine, American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Emerging Adulthood, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Journal of Latinx Psychology, Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion, and Journal of Research on Adolescence.


Research Interest

  • Adolescent Health
  • Alcohol Misuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hispanic Health
  • Resiliency & Coping Resources
  • Social Stressors, Social Inequalities, & Adversity
  • Substance Use
  • Young Adults/Emerging Adults


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Acculturation gap conflicts and self-rated health among Hispanic emerging adults.
Rahman A, Sánchez M, Bursac Z, Whiting CY, Taskin T, Kaur A, Leinaar E, Ahmed S, Karim N, de Dios MA, Cano MÁ, Fam Syst Health 2022 Aug
Mental health among Latinx emerging adults: Examining the role of familial accusations of assimilation and ethnic identity.
Thornhill CW, Castillo LG, Piña-Watson B, Manzo G, Cano MÁ, J Clin Psychol 2022 May 78 5 892-912
Ethnic discrimination and psychological stress among Hispanic emerging adults: Examining the moderating effects of distress tolerance and optimism.
Rahman A, Sánchez M, Bursac Z, Whiting CY, de Dios MA, Cano M, Meek R, Taskin T, Shawon MSR, Vazquez V, Koly KN, Ullrich HS, Cano MÁ, Int J Intercult Relat 2022 Jan 86 217-226
Cultural Mistrust, Ethnic Discrimination, and Depressive Symptoms among Hispanic Emerging Adults.
Cano MÁ, J Health Care Poor Underserved 2022 33 2 612-622
Alcohol Use Severity among Hispanic Emerging Adults: Examining Intragroup Marginalization, Bicultural Self-Efficacy, and the Role of Gender within a Stress and Coping Framework.
Cano MÁ, De La Rosa M, Schwartz SJ, Salas-Wright CP, Keum BTH, Lee CS, Pinedo M, Cobb CL, Field CA, Sanchez M, Castillo LG, Martinez P, Lorenzo-Blanco EI, Piña-Watson B, de Dios MA, Behav Med 2021 Nov 1-11
Psychosocial stress, bicultural identity integration, and bicultural self-efficacy among Hispanic emerging adults.
Cano MÁ, Marsiglia FF, Meca A, De La Rosa M, Ramírez-Ortiz D, Sánchez M, Colón Burgos JF, Alamilla SG, Wuyke G, Parras D, Ali SZ, Forney DJ, Varas-Rodríguez E, Ruvalcaba Y, Contreras A, Ahmed S, Vega-Luna B, Ochoa LG, Cuadra R, Domínguez García MJ, Stress Health 2021 Apr 37 2 392-398
HIV testing intentions and cognitive reappraisal among Latino emerging adults.
Ramírez-Ortiz D, Sheehan DM, Ibañez GE, Ibrahimou B, De La Rosa M, Cano MÁ, AIDS Care 2021 Apr 33 4 548-552
Exposure to ethnic discrimination in social media and symptoms of anxiety and depression among Hispanic emerging adults: Examining the moderating role of gender.
Cano MÁ, Schwartz SJ, MacKinnon DP, Keum BTH, Prado G, Marsiglia FF, Salas-Wright CP, Cobb CL, Garcini LM, De La Rosa M, Sánchez M, Rahman A, Acosta LM, Roncancio AM, de Dios MA, J Clin Psychol 2021 Mar 77 3 571-586
Associations of Objective and Perceived Neighborhood Ethnic Density on Hazardous Alcohol Use among Latinx Emerging Adults.
Westrick AC, De La Rosa MR, Sanchez M, Colón-Burgos JF, Rojas P, Cano MA, Subst Use Misuse 2021 56 3 339-344
Alcohol use severity, depressive symptoms, and optimism among Hispanics: Examining the immigrant paradox in a serial mediation model.
Cobb CL, Schwartz SJ, Salas-Wright CP, Pinedo M, Martinez P, Meca A, Isaza AG, Lorenzo-Blanco EI, McClure H, Marsiglia FF, Martínez CR, Cano MÁ, J Clin Psychol 2020 Dec 76 12 2329-2344

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Professional Early Career Award, National Latinx Psychological Association
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • National Award of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator, National Hispanic Science Network
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Texas A&M University
  • Top Scholar Award, Florida International University (Office of the Provost)