Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

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

Title: Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director

Office Location: Mariposa 5045

Email: tyler.arguello@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.572.7448

Mailing Address: 6000 J Street, Mariposa 4010, Sacramento, CA 95819-6090

Office Hours: By appointment

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

Dr. Tyler 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.

Dr. Argüello became an Assistant Professor at the Division of Social Work in 2014. In 2019, he was appointed as both a tenured Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director. Dr. Argüello continues to teach and to conduct research related to HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ communities, and communicative practices. In the Division, he instructs courses in diversity, difference, and social justice, advanced behavioral health practice, psychodiagnostics, (social) work with LGBTQ+ publics, and qualitative research.

As a committed scholar invested in praxis, 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. Currently, Dr. Argüello studies intergenerational stress and -divides within Queer populations, and is the Principal Investigator on multiple critical theory driven and multi-media studies on "HIV Stress Exchange”, AIDS Survivor Syndrome, and long-term survivorship of Queer men, inclusive of all HIV statuses. Simultaneously, Dr. Argüello collaborates on other research projects concerning topics central to social welfare with interdisciplinary colleagues across campus and other institutions. These include projects on Californians' perceptions of social work and  health and mental health, as well as a national community-based initiative regarding homelessness.

Concurrent to his scholarship and pedagogy, Dr. Argüello has been a practicing clinical social worker for over 24 years, primarily around community mental health, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ+ communities. He maintains a small private practice, provides clinical supervision, is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LCSW), a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), and he is a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW).  

Selected Publications

Baiocchi, A., Curry, S., Argüello, T. M., Wolf, J. P., Morris, J., Williams, S., (2019, forthcoming). 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. New York: Columbia University Press.

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

Argüello, T. M., Baiocchi, A., & Price Wolf, J. (2018, Advance On-Line). Social work matters: Californians’ perceptions of social welfare. Social Work, XX(XX), XX-XX. 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, X(X), 00-00. 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, pp. 00-00. New York, NY: 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, pp. 00-00. New York, NY: 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, pp. 00-00. New York, NY: 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, pp. 00-00. New York, NY: 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*. Alexandria, VA: 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: London, UK.

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. New York: Springer.

Areas of Interest

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


  • SWRK 196, 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
  • SWRK 296 A/B, Field Liaison
  • SWRK 296 D, Working with LGBTQ+ Publics
  • SWRK 500, Thesis 

Academic Appointments & Accomplishments (Select)

  • Director, MSW Program, 2019 - Present
  • Member, Queer & Trans Faculty and Staff @ Sac State
  • 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
  • Member (Diversity), Curriculum Committee, Division of Social Work, CSU, Sacramento
  • Member, Trans Inclusion Task Force, CSU, Sacramento
  • Senator, Faculty Senate, CSU, Sacramento
  • Faculty Associate, Institute for Social Research (ISR), 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