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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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Enriqueta Valdez-Curiel


Dr. Enriqueta is a physician and holds a Masters of Community Development with a specialty on rural women’s health. She is an associate professor and researcher at the School of Medicine, University of Guadalajara. She received her post doctorate qualifications from the University of California, San Francisco. Her present research projects focus on the areas of folk medicine, intimate partner violence, and education entertainment for sexual education.