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Marissa Mendoza, M.S.

Research Area Specialist-Associate

Division of Neurobehavioral Research, Department of Psychiatry

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Biographical Sketch

Marissa is a Research Area Specialist at the NRLC working on a longitudinal study measuring adolescent substance use and the development of impulse control. Prior to the study, she was working here in the CAMBIO clinic, a substance use treatment program for adolescents.

Prior to NRLC, she was a Behavioral Therapist at Behavioral Innovations working with children diagnosed on the spectrum of Autism. There, Marissa facilitated patient development of verbal and social skills, as well as academics through various behavior programs. She also worked as a Graduate Research Assistant prior to graduating.

Marissa obtained her Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). During her time at UTSA, she completed her Master’s Thesis on “Client Dropout: Diagnostic Variables”; focusing on the rates and timing of drop out from mental health facilities as related to psychological diagnoses, client demographics, and symptom severity of diagnosis.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Stress and Coping


Year Degree Major Institution
2016 M.S Psychology University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
2014 B.A. Psychology University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, TX


  • Baking and cooking
  • Photography
  • Spending time with family
  • Music