As Special Assistant to the Provost for Undergraduate Education, Professor Ricardo Arturo Machón serves in a leadership role for the following areas and offices: (1) Study Abroad, (2) the University Honors Program, (3) Undergraduate Research programs, and (4) National and International Fellowships. In addition, he collaborates with colleagues in Student Affairs and elsewhere on certain activities related to retention and student success, including living-learning communities, faculty-in-residence and faculty fellows programs.
Additionally, Ricardo provides leadership and coordination in a recently-begun program—the Graduate Initiative for Diversity, Inclusion, and Success, a partnership with the University of Southern California along with a few select universities in the greater Los Angeles area. He also has primary responsibility for the nomination and selection process for Presidential Citations as well as oversight of the Academic Awards Convocation ceremony.
He serves as President of Fundación LMU- CASA de la Mateada, LMU’s signature social justice-inspired study abroad program in Córdoba, Argentina. As a Special Assistant, he reports directly to the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Ricardo Arturo Machón is Professor of Psychology at LMU, having earned his Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology also from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of Loyola High School of Los Angeles.
In addition to serving on the faculty for 30 years, Ricardo has over a dozen years of academic administrative experience, having served in various roles including Director of American Cultures Studies, Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, acting Chair of the Psychology department, Interim Vice President for Undergraduate Education, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Academic Affairs. For the last six years, he has served as co-director of PEAP, the living and learning community for first-year psychology majors. He was the recipient of the Daum Professorship endowed chair award for 2010-2011, given to senior faculty by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching/advising, scholarship and service, and is an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit Honor Society). In 2015-2016, he served as Interim Faculty Adviser for Alpha Sigma Nu.
Ricardo has published widely in the fields of psychopathology and neurodevelopment of schizophrenia and other major mental disorders. He has presented his research findings at numerous national and international conferences. His most recent area of scholarship includes integration of pedagogy, psychological science and spirituality. His most recent publications (co-authored with his LMU undergraduate students and recent grads) center on service-based community engagement and increased social awareness among students, in particular first-generation college students.
In April of 2015, he directed a highly successful international psychology congress at Loyola Marymount University. The theme of the congress, sponsored by the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU/FIUC) was Psychology, Human Experience, and Transcendence. It was attended by over 80 participants emanating from 20 countries from throughout the world, including Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas and the Caribbean.
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