Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Tyler M. Argüello, Ph.D., DCSW, LCSW

Title: Chair and Associate Professor

Office Location: Mariposa 4010

Email: tyler.arguello@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.6913

Mailing Address: Mariposa 4010, MS 6090, Sacramento, CA 95819

Office Hours: Please inquire.

Education : MSW, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Tyler Argüello (he/él) is both an Associate Professor of Social Work and the Chair of the Division of Social Work. Dr. Argüello teaches courses regarding social justice / power / privilege / oppression, advanced behavioral health practice, practicum supervision, psychodiagnostics, working with LGBTQ+ publics, and qualitative research (thesis). In the College of Health & Human Services, he has received the Outstanding Teaching Award.

As a queer, non-binary, and White scholar-practitioner invested in praxis, or "practivist," Dr. Argüello’s research and clinical work is a transdisciplinary project that concerns communicative practices, Queer Theory, and the production of intersectional identities, sex/ualities, and health disparities, namely HIV. As of late, Dr. Argüello studies intergenerational stress within Queer male populations, including developing a critical theory and practice framework named "HIV Stress Exchange," inclusive of all long-term survivors and all HIV statuses. Additionally, Dr. Argüello collaborates on research projects concerning topics central to LGBTQ+ communities and social welfare with interdisciplinary colleagues across campus and other institutions, including addressing anti-queer stigma in social work education and practice. In the College of Health & Human Services, he received the Outstanding Scholarly & Creative Activities Award.

Concurrent to his teaching and scholarship, Dr. Argüello has been a practicing clinical social worker for over 25 years, primarily around community mental health, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ+ communities. He maintains a small private practice (tele-health), consults with regional and state government and NGOs, provides clinical supervision, is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LCSW [California] & LICSW [Washington]), is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), and he is a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW). He is a faculty member for the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, Central Valley and Northern Interior, UC Davis; and, he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Touro University, California, College of Osteopathic Medicine, in the Psychiatry Residency Training Program that is a collaboration across Touro, the Department of State Hospitals of the State of California, and Dignity Hospital.

Dr. Argüello received his doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Washington at Seattle, the same institution that granted his MSW (Health & Mental Health), BASW, and BA (Spanish Language & Literature). During his graduate studies, he was awarded two competitive pre-doctoral training grants, the NIMH Prevention Trainee grant and the NIH Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Trainee grant. These both facilitated his research studying the production of "HIV" as social discourse across various scales of multi-media and best practices in health communication. His dissertation received a national social work doctoral research award from The Ohio State University. 

Selected Publications

Argüello, T. M. (2021, Accepted). HIV stress exchange: Queer men, intergenerational stress, and intimacy amidst the time of HIV. Journal of Homosexuality.

Argüello, T. M. (2023, In Press). Consuming HIV: Cause marketing, the (RED) initiative, and LGBTQ+ welfare in modern times. In J. Gedro & T. Rocco (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of LGBTQ identity in organizations and society. Routledge. Note 9/21: Publication delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Argüello, T. M., La Torre, J., Dentato, M., & Smith, M. (2022, In Press). Identity development and coming out. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Argüello, T. M., Dentato, M., & La Torre, J. (2022, In Press). Dating, relationships, and family issues. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Verdino, A. P., Dentato, M., Argüello, T. M., & Watts, K. (2022, In Press). Practice with the gay male community. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2021, In Press). LGBTQ+-affirmative practice in social work. In L. Rapp-McCall, K. Corcoran, & B. Roberts (Eds.), Social workers' desk reference (4th ed.). Oxford University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2021). Heteronormativity and social work: The what that dare not speak its name. In S. J. Dodd (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of social work and sexualities, 12-22. Routledge.

Argüello, T. M. (2020). Decriminalizing LGBTQ+: Reproducing and resisting mental health inequities. In S. Stahl and K. Warburton (Eds.), Decriminalizing mental illness. Cambridge University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2020). Decriminalizing LGBTQ+: Reproducing and resisting mental health inequities. CNS Spectrums, 1-20. doi:10.1017/S1092852920001170.

Baiocchi, A., Curry, S., Argüello, T. M., Wolf, J. P., Morris, J., & Williams, S., (2019). The state of homelessness in Sacramento County: Findings from 2019 Sacramento Point-in-Time Count [Report]. Sacramento, CA: California State University, Sacramento, and Sacramento Steps Forward.

Biaocchi, A., Argüello, T. M., Curry, S., Braunstein, N., Evans, E., Ellison, E., & Mansyur, C. (2019). Californians speak on homelessness: Public perceptions of the causes of homelessness and proposed policy recommendations [White Paper]. Sacramento, CA: Faculty Scholarship Community, CSU, Sacramento.

Argüello, T. M. (Ed.). (2019).Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2019). The “addict”. In T. M. Argüello (Ed.), Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2019). Trans-itioning again. In Argüello, T. M. (Ed.). Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

La Torre, J., & Argüello, T. M. (2019). Suddenly stigmatized. In T. M. Argüello (Ed.), Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

Ramirez Barranti, C. C., & Argüello, T. M. (2019). Saying goodbye: Re-membering conversations. In T. M. Argüello (Ed.), Queer social work: Cases for LGBTQ+ affirmative practice. Columbia University Press.

Baiocchi, A., & Argüello, T. M. (2018). Street talk: Homeless discourses and the politics of service provision. In H. Larkin (Ed.), Handbook on homelessness. Springer Publishing.

Argüello, T. M., Baiocchi, A., & Price Wolf, J. (2018). Social work matters: Californians’ perceptions of social welfare. Social Work, 63(4), 305-316. DOI: doi.org/10.1093/sw/swy032.

Price Wolf, J., Baiocchi, A., & Argüello, T. M. (2018). Child maltreatment reporting in the general population: Examining the roles of community, collective efficacy, and adverse childhood experiences. Child Abuse & Neglect, 82, 201-209. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.06.003.

Argüello, T. M., & Walters, K. L. (2017). They tell us “we don’t belong in the world and we shouldn’t take up a place”: HIV discourse within Two-Spirit communities. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi: 10.1080/15313204.2017.1362616.

Argüello, T. M. (2017). LGBTQ identity development. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors. Oxford University Press.

Dentato, M., Argüello, T. M., & Smith, M. (2017). Dating, relationships, couples, and family issues. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors. Oxford University Press.

Dentato, M., Argüello, T. M., & Wilson, C. (2017). Social work practice with gay men. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors. Oxford University Press.

Smith, M., Argüello, T. M., & Dentato, M. (2017). The coming out process. In M. Dentato (Ed.), Social work practice with the LGBTQ community: The intersection of history, health, mental health and policy factors. Oxford University Press.

Argüello, T. M. (2016). Fetishizing the health sciences: Queer theory as a social work intervention. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 28(3), 1-14. doi: 10.1080/10538720.2016.1191407.

     *Editor’s choice for “Best Article” of 2016-2017

Craig, S. L., Alessi, E. J., Fisher-Borne, M., Dentato, M. P., Austin, A., Paceley, M., Wagaman, A., Argüello, T. M., Lewis, T., Balestrery, J. E., & Van Der Horn, R. (2016). Guidelines for affirmative social work education: Enhancing the climate for LGBQQ students, staff, and faculty in social work education*. Council on Social Work Education.

Argüello, T. M. (2015). Queering social work methods in health disparities and health promotion in the United States. In J. Fish & K. Karban (Eds.), Social work and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans health inequalities: International perspectives, 281-296. The Policy Press.

Scheer, S., Hughes, A., Tejero, J., Damesyn, M. A., Mark, K. E., Argüello, T. M., & Wohl, A. R. (2012). HIV care in California: Regional differences among the California Medical Monitoring Project sites 2007-2008. The Open AIDS Journal, 6 (Suppl 1, M18), 188-195.

Walters, K. L., Chae, D., Perry, A. T., Stately, A., Old Person, R., & Simoni, J. M. (2007). My body and my spirit took care of me: Homelessness, violence and resilience among American Indian two-spirit men. In S. Loue (Ed.), Health issues confronting minority men who have sex with men, 125-153. Springer.

Areas of Interest

  • Queer Theory, HIV/AIDS, embodiment, Queer mental health, intergenerational stress and trauma 
  • Production of intersectional identities, sex/ualities, genders
  • Queer Discourse Studies; Critical Discourse Studies; Social Semiotics; prevention, mental / health promotion, branding, social and cause marketing
  • Critical, feminist, transdisciplinary theories, methodologies, pedagogy
  • Critical praxis in social work and social welfare

Courses

  • SWRK 144, Working with LGBTQ+ Publics
  • SWRK 202, Social Work & Diverse Populations
  • SWRK 206 A/B, Advanced Social Work Practice (Behavioral Health)
  • SWRK 210, Methods of Social Research
  • SWRK 223, New Developments in Psychodiagnostics (DSM-5)
  • SWRK 244, Working with LGBTQ+ Publics
  • SWRK 296 A/B, Practicum Supervision
  • SWRK 500, Thesis 

Academic Appointments & Accomplishments (Select)

  • Chair, Division of Social Work, 8/21 - Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Touro University, California, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Faculty, Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center, Central Valley and Northern Interior, UC Davis
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (2020-21), College of Health & Human Services, CSU, Sacramento
  • Phenomenal Faculty Award, 2019-20, Division of Social Work & Social Work Student Association, CSU, Sacramento
  • Director, MSW Program, 8/19 - 8/21
  • ELEVATE Fellow, 2018, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, University of Pennsylvania
  • NIH/NIAAA Fellow, 2018, ADEP (Alcohol and Other Drugs Education Program), University of Denver, School of Social Work
  • Member, Summer Teaching Institute, 2018, Center for Teaching & Learning, CSU, Sacramento
  • Outstanding Scholarly & Creative Activities Award (2017-18), College of Health & Human Services, CSU, Sacramento
  • Advisor Award, Social Work Student Association (SWSA), 2017-18, Division of Social Work, CSUS
  • Co-Chair, Search & Screen Committee, Division of Social Work, CSU, Sacramento
  • Chair (Behavioral Health and Advanced Year Practice), Curriculum Committee, Division of Social Work
  • Member, Trans Inclusion Task Force, CSU, Sacramento
  • Senator, Faculty Senate, CSU, Sacramento
  • Councilor, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity & Expression, 2013-2016 & 2016-2019
  • Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, San Francisco, CA
  • Fellow in the Public Humanities, Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW, Seattle, WA