Karla Gonzalez

Karla Gonzalez is a Chilean MSW, with clinical and academic experience. Clinical experience includes working as a clinician and supervisor of students of social work in primary care setting. In this setting she collaborated in research on breast cancer and on the design of an instrument to measure health vulnerability in underserved populations. Her academic experience includes teaching social work in the University Santo Tomas, in Santiago de Chile, where she facilitated a practice seminar for field placements. Her main research interests are related to health disparities and the contribution of social work to clinical practice in primary care settings. She has received several awards, including the scholarship Becas Chile, which finances her PhD in The University of Texas at Austin, the Graduate Dean’s Prestigious Fellowship Supplement, and the Stephens Family Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Social Work.

Professional Interests

Health Disparities, Empowerment


  • MSW, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • BSW, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile



Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78712-0358