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Robert Palacio, Professor

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Personal Biography

Since receiving the doctorate in sociology from UC Berkeley (1980), Professor Robert S. Palacio has pursued a career that combines university teaching and applied sociological research. From 1985 to 1987, he was on staff with the California Master Plan for Higher Education Commission. In 1987-88 he was a CSU Academic Fellow with the Field Institute.

Areas of Specialty

In addition to his teaching duties at Fresno State, professor Palacio is a Research Scientist with the Applied Research Center at California State University, Bakersfield, and is a Research Fellow with the Center of Health and Human Services at California State University, Fresno. His areas of specialization include urban/community studies, social change and community development, public policy studies, complex organizations, and applied social research.

Professor Palacio has been principal investigator and director of field studies on numerous research projects focusing on community problems and public policy. His research experiences have included working with non-profit community organizations, public agencies, communities, and state departments. As the Research Scientist for Madera County, he is currently studying service programs connected with the Children and Families Commission (California Proposition 10). As a Research Fellow, Professor Palacio conducts an annual report on the social and economic conditions of youth and children in Fresno County. He is a frequent presenter at professional organizations and author of numerous research reports and monographs addressing social problems, program evaluation, and public policy.

His recent publications include (contributing editor) Children Count!: The Well-Being of Children in Fresno County, 2001 Report Card (2002), The Social Conditions of Children and Youth in the San Joaquin Valley (2001) and Sociology (California Department of Education, 1999), a textbook for high school students in California. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, Pacific Sociological Association, and the Society for Applied Sociology.