Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Guadalupe Lopez Hernandez

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: Coffey Hall 242
Background Information
Ph.D.: University of California, Los Angeles
MA: University of California, Los Angeles
BA: Northern Illinois University
Additional information
Juntos Lab
Classes Taught
PSYC 273 Developmental Psychology
Research Interests
My research agenda intends to understand and address issues related to the social belonging of Latinx immigrant-origin adolescents in the context of families, schools, and communities. My current scholarship qualitatively explores how threats to belonging (e.g., xenophobia) impact Latinx immigrant-origin adolescents’ social-emotional development and inclusion in suburban contexts. Core questions that motivate my research plan include:
  1. How do immigration experiences (e.g., being in an undocumented household) shape adolescents’ social-emotional development and social belonging?
  2. How do oppressive immigration policies, laws, and toxic rhetoric impact immigrant-origin adolescents’ social belonging (or exclusion) in communities with recent demographic changes?
  3. What factors predict resilience in the context of racial injustice, racism, and xenophobia for immigrant-origin children and adolescents?
Selected Publications
López Hernández, G. (2022) “We Understand You Hate Us”: Latinx Immigrant‐Origin Adolescents’ Coping with Social Exclusion. Journal of Research on Adolescence. https://doi.org/10.1111/jora.12748
Karras-Jean Gilles, J., López Hernández, G, Cabral, P., Nguyen, S., & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2021). Taking a “Whole” Classroom Perspective: Theorizing Classroom Typologies Using Qualitative Exemplars. Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/00420859211051378
Suárez-Orozco, C., López Hernández, G., & Cabral, P. (2021). The Rippling Effects of Unauthorized Status: Stress, Family Separations, & Deportation and their Implications for Belonging & Development. In Tummala-Narra, P. (Ed.), Trauma and Racial Minority Immigrants: Turmoil, Uncertainty, and Resistance (pp. 185-204). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Maker Castro, E., López Hernández, G., Karras-Jean Gilles, J., Novoa, A., The New Generation Class, & Suárez-Orozco, C. (2021). “Everyone collaborated and came together”: The civic promise (and pitfalls) of yPAR for immigrant-origin students in an era of deportation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. Advance online publication. 
Suárez-Orozco, C., López Hernández, G. (2020). “Waking up Every Day with the Worry”: A Mixed-Methods Study of Anxiety in Undocumented Latinx College Students. Frontiers in Psychiatry11, 1204.
Osei-Twumasi, O., & López Hernández, G. (2019). Resilience in the Face of Adversity: Undocumented Students in Community Colleges. In Suárez-Orozco, C., Osei-Twumasi, O. (Ed.), Immigrant-Origin Students in Community College. Navigating Risk and Reward in Higher Education (pp. 46-62). Teachers College Press.