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Yvette Flores

Professor, Chicano/a Studies


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.

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Natalia Deeb-Sossa

Professor, Chicano/a Studies


Natalia Deeb-Sossa was born in Bogotá, Colombia and came to the U.S. in 1995 to continue with her graduate studies and escape the Colombian violence, which at that time was shaped by the growing drug trade. She was finishing her undergraduate degree in economics when the number of kidnaps, extortions, intimidations and murders became grotesque and unprecedented, even for Colombian standards. These observations of violence eventually brought her to sociology as a field of study.

Natalia has taken on the challenge of scrutinizing why and how income inequality, and gender, racial and ethnic discrimination are reproduced.