Ashleigh Herrera

Ashleigh Herrera, LCSW, is a fifth year doctoral student in the Social Welfare Department. Ashleigh’s research interests center on Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs), specifically among low-income, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and criminal justice involved individuals. Ashleigh completed her MSW at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work (UHGCSW) in 2012, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2017. Ashleigh is employed as a LCSW working in direct practice in a residential drug and alcohol treatment setting and provides clinical supervision to Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors to enhance their cultural competency, understanding of CODs, and practice of trauma-informed care. Ashleigh has previously worked as a Graduate Student Researcher at UCLA as well as during her MSW program at UHGCSW. Ashleigh also served as a Teaching Fellow with the UCLA GE Cluster Program.   Upon graduation, Ashleigh aspires to continue to pursue her research interests in the field of CODs and SUDs as well as inform policy and practice related to SUD and COD treatment.


“Factors Contributing to Depressive Symptoms among Mexican Americans and Latinos”

“The Perceived Role of Family in Heroin Use Behaviors of Mexican-American Men.”