Ricardo Arturo Machón, Ph.D.






Office: University Hally 4749
Telephone: (310) 338-1766
E-mail: Ricardo.Machon@lmu.edu

Personal webpage:



B.A., Psychology and French, University of Southern California, 1979 
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California, 1982 
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Southern California, 1986

Specialty/Areas of Interest:

Specialty is psychopathology and clinical psychology. 

Research and scholarship interests include:
- Generally, the diathesis-stress model of psychopathology. 
- Specifically, psychiatric epidemiology and the neurodevelopmental basis of schizophrenia and other major mental disorders; Longitudinal, high-risk research strategy.
- Pedagogic issues related to mentoring undergraduate student research.
- Integration of psychology, spirituality and pedagogy

Clinical interests include: 
- Cultural factors in adaptive and maladaptive behavior.
- Diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, mood, and stress-related disorders.
- Social cognitive theory in the conceptualization of clinical problems.
- Psychological factors in grief and mourning.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Psychology, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Capstone Seminar; First Year Seminar (starting in Fall 2013)

Brief Bio:

Dr. Ricardo Machón is a clinical psychologist and he has taught at Loyola Marymount University since 1986. He has over 10 years of administrative experience and he is deeply committed to mentoring undergraduate student research. Dr. Machón has authored over 25 professional publications in the area of schizophrenia and psychopathology and has presented research findings on prenatal neurodevelopment of psychological disorders at numerous international and national professional meetings.

Representative Publications:

Grills, C. N., Fingerhut, A. W., Thadani, V., & Machón, R. A. (2012, Winter). Residential learning communities centered within a discipline: The Psychology Early Awareness Program. In K. Buch & K. E. Barron (Eds.), Discipline centered learning communities: Creating connections among students, faculty and curricula (No. 132, pp. 43-55). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Machón, R. A. (2008). El neurodesarrollo de los principales trastornos mentales. [The neurodevelopment of major mental disorders]. In M. A. Roldán Franco (Ed.), Trastornos Psicológicos en el Siglo XXI. Reflexiones Comillas, Psicología I (pp. 103-127). Madrid, Spain: Publicaciones de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid.

Machón, R. A., Mednick, S. A., Huttunen, M. O., & Tanskanen, A. (2006). Fetal neural development and deviance. In A. Raine (Ed.), Crime and schizophrenia: Causes and cures (pp. 167-178). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Machón, R. A., Huttunen, M. O., & Mednick, S. A. (2005). Infectious etiology of adult schizotypal personality: A paradigm and the evidence. In S. H. Fatemi (Ed.), Neuropsychiatric disorders and infection (pp. 263-270). London, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Books, Ltd.  

Machón, R. A., Huttunen, M. O., Mednick, S. A., Sinivuo, J., Tanskanen, A., Watson, J. B., Henriksson, M., & Pyhälä, R. (2002). Adult schizotypal personality characteristics and prenatal influenza in a Finnish cohort. Schizophrenia Research, 54, 7-16.

Machón, R. A., Mednick, S. A., & Huttunen, M. O. (1997). Adult major affective disorder after prenatal exposure to an influenza epidemic.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 54, 322-328.

Mednick, S. A., Huttunen, M. O., & Machón, R. A. (1994). Prenatal influenza infections and adult schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 20(2), 263-267.

Huttunen, M. O., Machón, R. A., & Mednick, S. A. (1994). Prenatal factors in the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry, 164 (Suppl. 23), 15-19.

Munk-Jørgensen, P., Mortensen, P. B., & Machón, R. A. (1991). Hospitalization patterns in schizophrenia: A 13-year follow-up. Schizophrenia Research, 4, 1-9.

Mednick, S. A., Machón, R. A., Huttunen, M., & Bonett, D. G. (1988). Adult schizophrenia following prenatal exposure to an influenza epidemic. Archives of General Psychiatry, 45, 189-192.

Machón, R. A., Mednick, S. A., & Schulsinger, F. (1987). Seasonality, birth complications and schizophrenia in a high-risk sample. British Journal of Psychiatry, 151, 122-24.

Machón, R. A., Mednick, S. A., & Schulsinger, F. (1983). The interaction of seasonality, place of birth, genetic risk and subsequent schizophrenia in a high-risk sample.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 143, 383-388. 

Director of:

The Psychology Early Awareness Program

Honors & Awards:

-Honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the Jesuit Honor Society), Inducted 2007. Recognized for distinction in scholarship and professional activity beyond Loyola Marymount; loyalty and service; and dedication to students and the University.

-Daum Professorship 2010-2011, awarded to senior faculty by the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching/advising, scholarship and service.

-Executive Board member, International Federation of Catholic University’s (IFCU) Psychology Sectorial group (IFCUP), representative for North America. Elected November 2010.

Clinical Credentials:

Licensed psychologist. Inactive Status.

Fun Facts:

LOVES learning new languages and knowing about different cultures.

Fluent in Spanish and French. Learning Italian.

Knows several useful phrases in: Amharic, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Farsi, Samoan, Armenian….