Faculty Spotlights

Read about some of our distinguished faculty and their accomplishments below.


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Roberto Cancio, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Roberto Cancio
Assistant Professor

Dr. Roberto Cancio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate in the Psychology Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University. As a researcher, Dr. Cancio has focused on the intersection between the social, behavioral mechanisms, and pathways underpinning resilience and susceptibility to adverse mental health conditions that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic priority veteran populations and the impact of racism and discrimination on health behavior and strategies for military families. Concurrently, Dr. Cancio contributes to the design and implementation of community-based research that takes into account how culture, context, affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of life outcomes for under-resourced communities of color.

Dr. Cancio has worked on multiple projects focused on issues surrounding public health and mental health disparities, juvenile justice, adolescent alcohol and drug prevention, homelessness, community organizing, and civic engagement. He has assisted in the development, implementation, and evaluation of various projects with the California Department of Probation, Liberty Hill, California Community Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Southern District of Florida, Community Coalition, Social Model Recovery Services, and The Nippon Foundation. Dr. Cancio has also interviewed with Univision for his work on the opioid epidemic.

He is currently a research fellow at the Interdisciplinary Research Training Institute on Hispanic Drug Abuse at the University of Southern California.

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Ravaris Moore, Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Ravaris Moore
Assistant Professor

Ravaris Moore earned his B.A. at Morehouse College with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. He completed his doctoral studies in Sociology, as well as M.A. degrees in Sociology and Economics at UCLA. Prior to matriculating at UCLA, he contributed to several national evaluations as a Research Programmer at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in the areas of education, health, and child and family well-bring. Professor Moore is a quantitative sociologist with training in the fields of Social Stratification and Social Demography. His work employs quantitative methods with large scale microdata to explore questions of inequality at the intersection of race and ethnicity, education, and health. His present research studies the effects of gun-violence exposure on the educational outcomes of students attending California public schools. His work with co-authors studies heterogeneous effects of parental divorce on the educational attainment of children.