Alvin N. Alvarez was appointed dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences in January 2016, after having served as the College’s interim dean since 2014 and associate dean from 2011 to 2014. He has been a professor in the Department of Counseling since 1997.
Alvarez’s academic work has focused on Asian Americans, racial identity and the psychological impact of racism. His scholarship has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and has been awarded the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship, the Asian Pacific American Network Research Award from the American College Personnel Association, the Best Paper for 2011 from the Asian American Journal of Psychology and the Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award from APA. Alvarez has served as director of the Leadership Development Institute for the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests, for which he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from the Society of Counseling Psychology. He is a former president of the Asian American Psychological Association, from which he received Early Career Award and the Distinguished Contributions Award.
Alvarez received bachelor's degrees in psychology and biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and earned his master's degree and doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland.