Holistic Healing Internships in Hawaii
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 is 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.
Message to Student and Parents
"I am immigrant to the U.S. and found in Hawaii a place that reminded me of home – its natural beauty and the welcoming spirit of its inhabitants. I am also a health scholar committed to teaching our undergraduates the diverse healing traditions. I have been teaching at UC Davis for 31 years; I am a clinical psychologist with training in health psychology. The Hawaii program is ideal, as it is situated in an amazing location, with gracious hosts who are professional staff, and afford our students both cultural knowledge and clinical experiences they are not likely to receive elsewhere. I enjoy the program vicariously through the academic work of the students."