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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Amado M. Padilla Papers
    Dates: circa 1968-1988
    Collection Number: M0497
    Creator/Collector: Padilla, Amado M
    Extent: 67 Linear feet (133 boxes)
    Repository: Stanford University. Manuscripts Division
    Stanford, California 94305-6004
    Abstract: The collection includes professional papers (performance, interim, financial and evaluation reports for various education programs, bilingual meta analysis coding forms, demo projects, related materials, photocopies of articles, etc.) as well as Padilla's collections from both the Spanish Speaking Mental Health research Center and the National Center for Bilingual Research
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research. Some material may require review for potential restrictions prior to access.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes

    Preferred Citation

    Amado M. Padilla Papers. Stanford University. Manuscripts Division

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Amado M. Padilla, 1989. Accession number 1989-006

    Biography/Administrative History

    Amado M. Padilla was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 19, 1942. After graduating in 1960 from St. Mary High School, where he was active in sports and earned average grades, Padilla entered New Mexico Highlands University. There he became a serious student and aspired toward an academic career; he was also active in Psi Chi, the national honorary society in psychology. He received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology in 1964, and was selected to appear in the 1963-4 editon of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He began his graduate work at Oklahoma State University, received his M.S. in Experimental Psychology in 1966, and went to The University of New Mexico, where he received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1969. Padilla’s first academic appointment was at the State University of New York, College at Potsdam, where he was the Assistant Professor of Psychology from 1969-71. He relocated to The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1971, serving as Assistant Professor of Psychology until 1974. In 1974 Padilla accepted an appointment with tenure at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was an Associate Professor of Psychology from 1974-78, and Professor of Psychology from 1978-88. Following his term as Visiting Professor at the School of Education at Stanford University in 1986-87, Padilla was invited to permanently join the Stanford faculty. He came to Stanford in 1988, and presently holds the appointment of Professor of education at the School of Education, where he is involved in the Language, Literacy, and Culture as well as Psychological Studies Programs. Throughout his career, Padilla has distinguished himself as a premier researcher, with an emphasis on Mexican American bilingualism and Hispanic mental health issues. His research, scholarship, and teaching in these heretofore relatively unexplored areas has placed him at the forefront of the field of Hispanic psychology and mental health, shedding light on critical issues affecting the well-being of Hispanics, and pointing the way for other researchers to undertake study of them. The marked increase over the past fifteen years in the quantity and quality of research on Hispanics psychology and mental health, is largely a consequence of Padilla’s work in identifying the important research areas, and conducting much of the work himself and with his colleagues and students. Three major and one minor strand characterize Padilla’s research: language studies and education, acculturation and ethnicity, psychosocial stress and well-being, and the history of psychology. Emphasizing Hispanics in the United States on these topics, Padilla has employed Hispanics as respondents in almost all his studies. Padilla’s approach is multidisciplinary: he collaborates extensively with colleagues in anthropology, applied linguistics, education, history, and sociology in his investigations and publications. As noted earlier, he has led other Hispanics researchers (and researchers interested in Hispanics issues), by always having the dual objective in his work of codifying knowledge while also pointing to research gaps in need of study. Padilla has held several major administrative positions in conjunction with his academic appointments. In 1973-74, he served as Director of the Institute for Applied Behavioral Science at The University of California, Santa Barbara; from 1976-1989 he was the Director and Principal Investigator of the Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center (SSMHRC) at the University of California, Los Angeles; during 1982-85 he directed the National Center for Bilingual Research (NCBR) in Los Alamitos, California; and in 1985-88 he acted as Director and Principal Investigator of the Center For Language, Education, and Research (CLEAR) at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to directing these research centers, in 1978 Padilla founded The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, serving as Editor-in-Chief from 1978 to the present. During this time, he also established the first Hispanics health and Mental Health Literature Data Base, a computerized data base providing researches with published bibliographies and literature searches. Padilla’s prolific work in the field of Hispanic psychology and mental health has earned him numerous awards, and his invitations to sit on national panels, review boards, and commissions. In 1977 he was recognized in Who’s Who in Health Care; and in 1977-78 he was invited to be a Fulbright-Hays Senior Lecturer to the Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, Peru, where he taught statistics and environmental design and established a psychological laboratory. In 1978 he was presented with the Academic Excellence Award by the National Coalition of Hispanic Mental Health and Human Services Organizations; in 1987 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Standing Committee on the Role of Statues of Minorities in Educational Research and development; and in 1988 he was recognized again by the American Educational Research Association (Hispanic Research Issues Special Interest Group) as the recipient of its Award for Distinguished Research. In addition to these awards, Padilla has been appointed to several national panels, review boards, and commissions. He was invited to serve from 1978-81 as an elected member-at-large if the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Psychology Section J; from 1978-79 as a member of the National Research Council/National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Evaluation Panel (Behavioral and Social Sciences); and from 1979-81 as a member on the Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences’ Panel on Selection and Placement of Students in Programs for the Mentally Retarded. In 1979 he was elected Treasurer of the Interamerican Society of Psychology, a position he held until 1982; from 1982-84 he served as a member of the American Psychological Association’s Education and Training Board; from 1982-83 he acted as Chairman of the National Research Council/Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities Program Panel in Psychology; in 1983 and 1984 he served as a member on the American Psychological Association’s Continuing Education and Undergraduate Education Committees; and in 1984-85 as a member on the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Epidemiology and Prevention Subcommittee of the Epidemiology, Prevention, and Services Research Review Committee. Padilla was elected Chairman in 1985 of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on the International Relations in Psychology, a position he held for one year, and in which capacity he traveled to Chile in 1985 as part of the Human Rights Delegation to Chile sponsored by the American Psychological Association and American Committee for Human Rights. Succeeding professional appointments, some of which Padilla presently continues to hold, include the California School of Professional Psychology’s Board of Trustees (Member, 1986); the State of California’s Commission for economic Development Task Force for the Seriously Mentally Ill (Member; 1986); the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Dissertations Award Committee (Chairman, 1986); the American Psychological Association’s Publication and Communication Board (Member, 1987); and the Carnegie Corporation’s Council on Adolescent Development Task Force on the Education of Early Adolescents (Member, 1987). Padilla’s great success and recognition in the field of Hispanic psychology and mental health, a field he has essentially established himself, reflect his exceptional academic, professional, and personal abilities. Padilla believes that his achievements are due to the strong belief in the value of education maintained by his parents, Manuel and Esperanza. The oldest of five brothers, Padilla and his brothers hold a total of 10 University degrees. His mother also returned to school and at age 55 received her B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico. Padilla’s roots from both sides of the family extend back over two hundred years in New Mexico and he acknowledges that most days he would rather be sitting on the porch of his home in Corrales, New Mexico despite his attraction to Northern California. Padilla is married to Kathryn Lindhom who received her Ph.D at UCLA in Psychology and who is on the faculty at San Jose State.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Amado M. Padilla papers support research on such topics as language studies and education, acculturation and ethnicity, and psychosocial stress and well-being with regard to Hispanics in the United States. The Collection spans the years 1969 to 1987, with the bulk of the papers dating from 1976 to 1987. The majority of the 228 linear foot collection consists of correspondence (personal and professional), organizational records, and subject files. Letters, notes, agendas, minutes, reports, press releases, publicity documents, financial records, personnel records, articles, monographs, and more are housed in the collection. The collection is divided into four series: Correspondence and Personal Papers (including correspondence for The Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences), Spanish-Speaking Mental Health Research Center (SSMHRC), National Center for Bilingual Education and Research (NCBR), and Center for Language, Education, and Research (CLEAR).

    Indexing Terms

    Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center (U.S.
    National Center for Bilingual Research (U.S.)
    Mexican Americans -- Mental health

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