Stephanie Lechuga-Peña

Academic Fellow 2021
Assistant Professor
ASU Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Downtown Phoenix


Stephanie Lechuga-Peña, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and has more than 20 years of experience in social work practice, working with low-income youth and families. Drawing on Critical Race Theory  and Latino Critical Race Theory, she examines parent engagement in low-income and subsidized housing neighborhoods and the barriers and facilitators Latinx youth experience in their educational outcomes. She is currently testing the intervention she developed, Your Family, Your Neighborhood (YFYN). YFYN is an intervention that works with families living in low-income and subsidized housing communities in Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ. YFYN supports parents/guardians in their ongoing efforts to provide their children with an effective and supportive educational environment within a supportive and engaged community.


Ph.D. Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver 2016 

M.S.W. Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver 2005

B.A. Sociology and Human Services, Metropolitan State University of Denver 2002



*Gutierrez, M., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (in press). Latina/o/x Critical Race Theory in social work. Invited for special issue, Re-Envisioning the Social Work Profession, Education, and Practice. Advances in Social Work

Becerra D., Lechuga-Peña, S., Castillo, J. *Perez González, R., *Ciriello, N., *Cervantes, F., *Porchas, F. (in press). Esto no se lo deseo a nadie”: The impact of immigration detention on Latino immigrants. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work

Lechuga-Peña, S. (2022). Navigating pre-Tenure and COVID-19: A Testimonio of a BIPOC Junior Faculty Mother. Affilia, 37(1), 13-19.

Lechuga-Peña, S., Mitchell, F. M.*Poole, C., *Gutierrez, M., & Rivera, L.A. (2021). Incorporating Photovoice into community-based interventions: Practice Implications from Your Family, Your Neighborhood. Advances in Social Work 21(4), 1124-1140.

Hanna, A., Sugrue, E., Gustman, B., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2021). Pivoting during a Pandemic: School social work practice with families during COVID-19. Children & Schools. cdab005,

Lechuga-Peña, S., Brown, S.M., Mitchell, F. M., Becerra, D., & Brisson, D. (2020) Improving parent-child relationships: Effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood Intervention.  Children and Youth Services Review, 119

Lechuga-Peña, S. (2020). A Chicana’s perspective on navigating and plugging leaks in the educational pipelineSpecial Issue on Effectiveness of Continuing Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective  Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 26(4) 86-93.

Mitchell, F. M., Sangalang, C., Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D., & Lopez, K. (2020). Health inequities in historical context: A Critical Race Theory analysis of diabetes among African Americans and American Indians. Race and Social Problems.

Brown, S. M., Doom, J. R., Lechuga-Peña, S., Watamura, S. E., & Koppels, T. (2020). Stress and parenting during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Child Abuse & Neglect. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104699

Mitchell, F. M., Billiot, S., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2020). Utilizing Photovoice to support Indigenous accounts of environmental change and injustice.  Genealogy, 4(51). 1-14. 

Maglalang, D., D., Sangalang, C. C., Mitchell, F., Lechuga-Peña, S., & Nakaoka, S. (accepted) Back to the future: Reflecting on 50 years of ethnic studies to inform new directions for social work research, policy, and practice. Journal of Social Work Education

Lechuga-Peña, S., Becerra, D.,  Mitchell, M. F, Lopez K.,., & Sangalang, C. (2019) Low-income mother’s school-based parent involvement and subsidized housing: Findings from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study wave five. Child & Youth Care Forum, 48(3), 323-338.

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S., Mattocks N., Plassmeyer, M., & McCune, S. (2019)  Effects of the Your Family, Your Neighborhood Intervention on Neighborhood Social Processes, Social Work Research,

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Brisson, D. (2018). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: Results from a feasibility and acceptability study of parent engagement in project-based housing. Journal of Community Practice. DOI: 10.1080/10705422.2018.1521353

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Brisson, D. (2018). Barriers to school-based parent involvement while living in public housing: A mother’s perspective. Qualitative Report, 23(5), 1176-1187.

Brisson, D., Lechuga-Peña, S., & Plassmeyer, M. (2018). Prioritizing Choice: Perceptions of Neighborhood Social Cohesion for Residents in Subsidized Housing. Journal of Social Service Research, 44(3), 267-278.

Lechuga-Peña, S., & Lechuga, C. (2018). Xicanisma/o and Education: Counter Storytelling and Narratives to Inform Latina/o Student Success. Affilia, 33(3), 300-316.

Mendoza, T.S., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Jackson, K. F. (2018). “Mi'jita, what for?” Exploring bicultural identity of Latina/Chicana faculty and implications for supporting Latinx students in social work. Affilia Journal of Women and Social Work. 34(2), 259-276.

Jenson, J. Veeh, C., Anyon, Y., St. Mary, J., Calhoun, M., Tejada, J., & Lechuga-Peña. (2018). Effects of an afterschool program on the academic outcomes of children and youth residing in public housing neighborhoods: A quasi-experimental study. Children and Youth Services Review, 88, 211-217.

Sangalang, C. C., Becerra, D., Mitchell, F. M., Lechuga-Peña, S., Lopez, K., & Kim, I. (2018). Effects of pre-migration trauma on mental health: A comparison of Asian American and Latino refugees and voluntary immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10903-018-0826-2

Plassmeyer, M, Brisson, D., & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2017). Impact of services on retaining housing. Journal of Urban Affairs40(2), 261-273.

Lechuga-Peña, S., Klawetter, S., Begun, S., & Brown, S. (2015). MSW students’ understanding of social location: The development of a positionality measure. Perspectives on Social Work Journal 11(2), 32-41.

Lopez, A., Yoder, J., Brisson, D., Lechuga-Pena, S., & Jenson, J. (2015). Development and Validation of a Positive Youth Development Measure: The Bridge-Positive Youth Development. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(6), 726-736.


Lechuga-Peña, S, & Lechuga, C. (2018). Xicanisma/o and Education: Counter Storytelling and Narratives to Inform Latina/o Student Success.  In Chalane Lechuga, Adriana Nieto and Adriann Wycoff (Eds.), Introduction into Chicano Chicana Studies (pp.101-111). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt

Brisson, D, & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2018). Your Family, Your Neighborhood: An intervention to develop social cohesion. In Allen Hays (Ed.), Neighborhood Engagement. (pp. 147-148). Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.


Marsiglia, F. F., Kulis, S. & Lechuga-Peña, S. (2021). Diversity, Oppression & Change: Culturally Grounded Social Work (3rd edition). Chicago, IL: Oxford. 3rd edition Diversity, Oppression & Change

Expertise Areas

Chicano/a Experience

Critical Race Theory

Housing, Neighborhoods, and Community Development


Prevention and Intervention Science