Latinx Health Internship in Oaxaca
Born in Colon, Panama, and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Dr. Flores migrated to the United States in 1965. She was educated in the public schools of South Central Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Her interests in psychology emerged from the challenges the process of migration posed to her family. Dr. Flores obtained a B.A degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1970. She pursued a Masters Degree in Community-Clinical Psychology at C.S.U. Long Beach and completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at U.C. Berkeley 1982.
For the past three decades, Dr. Flores has worked as a research psychologist, university professor, and licensed psychologist. She has done postdoctoral work in health psychology, in particular substance abuse treatment outcome research and intimate partner violence. Her current research examines the impact of migration on the mental health of Mexican men; she also was co-investigator of UCD ADVANCE IT GRANT, funded by NSF, and co-investigator of a USDA funded studied of obesity prevention among Mexican origin children. Her publications reflect her life’s work of bridging clinical psychology and Chicano/Latino studies, as she foregrounds gender, ethnicity and sexualities in her clinical, teaching and research practices. Dr. Flores is the mother of two young adults, grandmother of three and a passionate traveler.
A Message to Students and Parents
"I am a Central American immigrant, fluent in Spanish and English. I came to the US at age 13 and became interested in psychology as a discipline to understand the relationship between emotional well being and physical health. For the past 30 years, I have taught at UC Davis and maintained a private practice where I treat mood and anxiety disorders, as well as trauma. All of my personal and professional experiences have informed my interactions with students and our program partners abroad. My commitment is to provide the students with a rich academic and cultural program; I am also there and available 24/7 to address any issues that arise. As an immigrant myself, I understand the challenges and opportunities offered by cross-cultural exposure. It has been my privilege to teach in this program since 2007 and thus have observed and shared the success of our alumni, many of whom are now physicians, pharmacists, nutritionists, geneticists, social workers, public health scholars and practitioners, as well as teachers. I am available to answer any questions."