Texas Tech University

Joaquin Borrego, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; HDFS affiliate

Email: Joaquin.Borrego@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8971

Fax: (806)-742-0818

201A, Lab: 452B, 452C


Ph.D., University of Nevada-Reno, 2001

Dr. Joaquin Borrego



  • Child maltreatment (child physical abuse), children with disruptive behavior problems, parent training, parent-child interactions, psychotherapy treatment outcome, and community interventions with underserved populations.


  • DHHS, Bureau of Health Professions 2 D40 HP00010-01-02-00 Graduate Psychology Education Program Principal Investigator: Lee M. Cohen Co-Investigators: Joaquin Borrego Jr., Robin Hilsabeck, Ruth Maki and Susan Hendrick Funding Dates: May 2004 – April 2007 Total Direct Costs: $627,170 NSF 0311617 LearnStar: Invigorating Undergraduate Education in Chemistry, Mathematics and Psychology Principal Investigator: Robert E. Blake, Jr. Co-Investigators: Lee M. Cohen, Joaquin Borrego Jr. and George B. Williams Funding Dates: September 2003 – August 2006 Total Direct Costs: $99,952
Selected Research:
  • Boothe, J.L., & Borrego, J. Jr. (2004). Parents' Acceptance of Behavioral Interventions for Children with Behavior and Communication Problems. Child & Family Behavior Therapy26 (2), 1-15.
  • Borrego, Jr., J., & Follette, W.C. (2003). Evaluating outcomes in health care seetings.In Cohen, L. M., Collins, F. L., & McChargue, D. E. (Eds.). The health psychology handbook: Practical issues for the behavioral medicine specialist. Sage Publications.
  • Timmer, S.G., Borrego, J., Jr., & Urquiza, A.J. (2002). Antecedents of coercive interactions in physically abusive mother-child dyads. Journal of Interpersonal Violence17 (8), 836-853.
  • Terao, S. Y., Borrego, Jr., J., & Urquiza, A.J. (2001). A reporting and response model for culture and child maltreatment. Child Maltreatment6 (2), 158-168.
  • Terao, S. Y., Borrego, Jr., J., & Urquiza, A. J. (2000). How do I differentiate culturally based parenting practices from child maltreatment?. In H. Dubowitz & D. DePanfilis (Eds.), Handbook for Child Protection Practice (97-100).Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Borrego, Jr., U., Urquiza, A. J., Rasmussen, R. A., & Zebell, N. (1999). Parent-child interaction therapy with a family at high-risk for physical abuse.. Child Maltreatment4, 331-342.
  • Borrego, J., Jr., & Urquiza, A.J. (1998). Importance of therapist use of social reinforcement with parents as a model for parent-child relationships: An example with parent-child interaction therapy. Child & Family Behavior Therapy20(4), 27-54.



  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology (adult and child)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ethnic Minority/Community Interventions

Clinical Interest

My clinical interests are in parent management training (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy), clinical behavior analysis, behavioral assessment, behavior therapy, and Spanish-speaking populations.

Student Projects

The following are samples of different student research projects:

  • Elizabeth S. Ibanez: "The Role of Cultural Factors in Child Physical Abuse Decision-Making: Identifying Reporter Characteristics Influencing Reporting Tendencies"
  • Joy Reeves-Pemberton: "Parents' Opinions About Treatment"
  • Stuart J. Spendlove: "Acculturation, Ethnic Identity, and the Risk for Psychological Problems in Mexican-American Youth"
  • Rocio Villarreal: TBA

Psychological Sciences

  • Address

    Texas Tech University, Department of Psychological Sciences, Box 42051 Lubbock, TX 79409-2051