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Olate, René, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - Washington University in St. Louis, 2008 - Social Work
MSW - Washington University in St. Louis, 2004 - Social Work
MSS - Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Italy, 1995 - Social Sciences
BSW - Universidad de Concepción, Chile, 1992 - Social Work

Areas of Expertise
Latino youth/Latin American youth
Violence and masculinities
Community interventions

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Youth and Latinos


Dr. Olate, a native from Chile, has conducted cross-national research on youth programs in 12 countries of the Latin American and Caribbean regions. He has worked as an international consultant for the United Nations (United Nations Development Program and United Nations Volunteer), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in several countries. Dr. Olate was an instructor and Director of the Inter American Institute for Social Development (INDES-BID) in Nicaragua, and an Instructor and Researcher at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He has held a faculty position at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. He has also been a visiting professor in Chile, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. Dr. Olate’s scholarship focuses on the intersections of youth violence and masculinities, high-risk youth, Latino gangs, and community and youth development. He has several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in English and Spanish.