John Pérez

John Pérez


Full-Time Faculty


John Pérez received his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Yale University and completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSF. His research focuses on exploring how diverse people use religious and spiritual resources (e.g., prayer, support from religious communities) to cope with stressful life events and chronic illnesses. In addition, he studies health promotion interventions among low-income, underserved Latinos, especially depression prevention and cancer prevention via faith-based organizations. He is particularly interested in the mechanisms that link religious/spiritual behaviors to both positive and negative health outcomes. Dr. Pérez teaches courses in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, general psychology, research design, and advanced research topics: religion, spirituality, and health.

Research Areas

  • Religious and spiritual coping in chronic illness
  • Depression prevention and health promotion in multicultural populations


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Yale University
  • NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco