Alvaro Gonzalez, M.A. for UC Davis Health

Alvaro Gonzalez, M.A.

Behavioral Health Psychiatric Professional 3

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

To see if Alvaro Gonzalez is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).



Integrated Behavioral Health

Behavioral Medicine

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St. 4860 Y St.
Sacramento Sacramento, CA CA 95817 95817

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Phone: 916-734-3630

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Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Alvaro Gonzalez is a bilingual Associative Marriage and Family Therapist, telepsychiatry researcher and clinically trained Asynchronous Telepsychiatry interviewer who offers short term behavioral health care for adults with conditions including depression, anxiety, bereavement, and difficulties adjusting to life changes. In addition, he provides supportive therapy and mental health assessments for gender-affirming surgeries for gender minorities and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for individuals with substance use disorders. He has special clinical interest and expertise in solution focused and problem focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy grief, and the therapeutic effects of exercise on one's mental health.

Research/Academic Interests

Alvaro Gonzalez he has served as the Telepsychiatry Research Manager for large multi-disciplinary telemedicine research projects. Specifically, he has interest in Asynchronous Telepsychiatry with various populations, including Spanish speaking patients and older adults in Skilled Nursing Facilities.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group

Undergraduate School

B.A., Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento CA 2006

Other School

M.A., Psychology (Counseling), California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento CA 2014

Tougas H, Chan S, Shahrvini T, Gonzalez A, Chun Reyes R, Burke Parish M, Yellowlees P. The Use of Automated Machine Translation to Translate Figurative Language in a Clinical Setting: Analysis of a Convenience Sample of Patients Drawn From a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Ment Health. 2022 Sep 6;9(9):e39556. doi:10.2196/39556. PMID:36066959.

Lieng MK, Aurora MS, Kang Y, Kim JM, Marcin JP, Chan SR, Mouzoon JL, Tancredi DJ, Parish M, Gonzalez AD, Scher L, Xiong G, McCarron RM, Yellowlees P. Primary Care Physician Adherence to Telepsychiatry Recommendations: Intermediate Outcomes from a Randomized Clinical Trial. Telemed J E Health. 2022 Jun;28(6):838-846. doi:10.1089/tmj.2021.0389. Epub 2021 Nov 2. PMID:34726542.

Parish MB, Gonzalez A, Hilty D, Chan S, Xiong G, Scher L, Liu D, Sciolla A, Shore J, McCarron R, Kahn D, Iosif AM, Yellowlees P. Asynchronous Telepsychiatry Interviewer Training Recommendations: A Model for Interdisciplinary, Integrated Behavioral Health Care. Telemed J E Health. 2021 Sep;27(9):982-988. doi:10.1089/tmj.2020.0076. Epub 2021 Jan 12. PMID:33434453.

Yellowlees PM, Parish MB, Gonzalez AD, Chan SR, Hilty DM, Yoo BK, Leigh JP, McCarron RM, Scher LM, Sciolla AF, Shore J, Xiong G, Soltero KM, Fisher A, Fine JR, Bannister J, Iosif AM. Clinical Outcomes of Asynchronous Versus Synchronous Telepsychiatry in Primary Care: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Med Internet Res. 2021 Jul 20;23(7):e24047. doi:10.2196/24047. PMID:33993104.

Yellowlees PM, Burke Parish M, Gonzalez AD, Chan S, Hilty D, Iosif AM, McCarron R, Odor A, Scher L, Sciolla A, Shore J, Xiong. Asynchronous  Telepsychitry: A Component of Stepped Integrated Care. Telemedicine Journal and e- Health. 2017 Oct.

Chan S, Godwin H, Gonzalez A, Yellowlees PM, Hilty DM. Review of Use and Integration of Mobile Apps Into Psychiatric Treatments. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017 Oct 30;19(12):96. doi:10.1007/s11920-017-0848-9. PMID:29082425.

Gonzalez A, Parish M, Yellowlees PM. Case Example 4: Medication Assessment  and Monitoring Provided Via Asynchronous Telepsychiatry. Yellowlees PM and Shore J (eds). Telepsychatry and Health Technologies: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals, American Psychiatric Association Publishing, Arlington, VA. 2018:271-272.