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Raul Gonzalez Jr


Psychology; Center for Children and Families

Office: AHC4 461

Phone: 305-348-4921



Research Areas

Dr. Gonzalez is Director of the Substance Use and HIV Neuropsychology (SUHN) Lab, where research focuses on the interplay of neurocognitive functions, drugs of abuse, and risky behaviors, often with participants with or at risk for HIV. These topics are linked by their frequent co-occurrence and an overlap in brain systems implicated in drug addiction and risky behaviors, as well as changes that may occur to these systems through the specific actions of drugs of abuse and HIV. A large portion of his research portfolio focuses on the neurocognitive effects of cannabis. The research being conducted at SUHN Lab aims to identify neurocognitive differences that may place individuals at risk for substance use disorders or that emerge from their use, in order to inform interventions designed to reduce drug addiction and the risky behaviors that may contribute to the spread of HIV. Dr. Gonzalez is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist with substantial experience conducting neuropsychological assessments in both English and Spanish among individuals with a range of neurological disorders.


  • NIDA NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Ph.D., 2004, Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology), San Diego State University - University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego, CA
  • B.A., 1997, Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL