Gustavo J. Perez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Dr. Gustavo Perez is the Banner University Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter) Program Supervisor and a certified trauma specialist working with people experiencing serious mental illness. His work is grounded in a bio-psycho-social approach to mental health. Dr. Perez is a level-1 Internal Family Systems (IFS) provider. IFS is an evidence based model to support people recovering from complex psychological trauma. He leads the CBT-mindfulness series at the Banner University Whole Health Clinic and the serious mental illness seminar for psychology externs and psychiatry residents at EPICenter. Dr. Perez is a community educator for the Department of Psychiatry promoting awareness of early mental health intervention for youth and families. Furthermore, he works with community partners such as the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Humane Society to support integrated wellbeing for youth struggling with mental illness in our community.

Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Perez was an adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona's College of Education and the senior psychologist at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center. His advocacy work was recognized by the Arizona Chief Probation’s Officer Association with the 2016 Employee of the Year Award. He has been a board member for the Southern Arizona Psychological Association and the Safe Environment Review Board for the Tucson Catholic Diocese.

Dr. Perez obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology and special education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Subsequently, he completed his doctorate degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his clinical psychology internship at the University of New Mexico College of Medicine in Albuquerque, NM.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association

Research/Clinical Interests

Early Onset Psychosis, Complex Trauma, Serious Mental Illness, Positive Psychology, Community Mental Health Care

  • BA: University of Texas at El Paso, Psychology & Special Education
  • PhD: University of Texas at Austin, Educational Psychology
Honors and Awards
  • Herring-Farrell Psychology Interns' Award, University of Arizona, 2019
  • Pima County Juvenile Detention Center Employee of the Year Award, Arizona Chief Probation Officer's Association, 2016
  • Clinical Psychology Internship, University of New Mexico College of Medicine, Albuquerque NM, 2006