CELASA — Clinical Psychology — Full-time
Dellanira  Garcia

Dellanira Garcia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Dellanira Garcia, a licensed clinical psychologist, obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She was awarded a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institutes of Mental Health to examine social capital and mental illness among women of Mexican descent. Dr. Garcia's research focuses on socio-cultural contextual factors impacting ethnic minority mental health and sexual risk behaviors, with an emphasis in Latino populations. Her community-based work, conducted in both English and Spanish, focuses on women, ethnic minorities, and underserved/marginalized populations. Dr. Garcia has national and international experience examining stigma and HIV prevention with women.

Dr. Garcia has co-authored several publications inpeer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters and has numerous presentations at professional conferences. Her published works focus on the roles of race/ethnicity and gender inequities in the areas of mental health, social capital, sexual risk and HIV risk behaviors. Her published work includes a co-authored publication examining the intersection of gender and ethnicity in HIV risk among Latinos and African Americans in the U.S. in the American Psychologist (2013).


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Courses Offered
  • Culture and Mental Health
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Research Methods and Design

Rao, D. & Valencia-Garcia, D. (2014). Stigma and Culture: Theory and Evidence for the Way Forward. In P.W. Corrigan (Ed.) American Psychological Association, The Stigma of Disease and Disability: Empirical Models and Implications for Change.

Wyatt, G. E., Gómez, C. A., Hamilton, A. B.,Valencia-Garcia, D., Gant, L. M., & Graham, C., E. (2013). The intersection of gender and ethnicity in HIV risk, interventions, and prevention: New frontiers for psychology. American Psychologist, 6(4), 247-260.

Valencia-Garcia, D., Simoni, J. M., Alegría, M., & Takeuchi, D. T. (2012). Social Capital, Acculturation, Mental Health, and Perceived Access to Services among Mexican American Women. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(2), 177-185.

Simoni, J. M., Evans, T., Peake, M., Lehavot, K., Valencia-Garcia, D., & Walters, K. (2009). HIV/AIDS among women of color and sexual minority women. In Landrine. H., & Felipe Russo. N. (Eds.), Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology, (pp. 335-357). Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Valencia-Garcia, D., Starks, H., Strick, L., & Simoni, J. M. (2008). After the fall from grace: Negotiation of new identities among HIV-positive women in Peru. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 10(7), 739-752. PMCID: PMC2704982.

Choi, K., Wojcicki, J., & Valencia-Garcia, D. (2004). Introducing and negotiating female condom use in sexual relationships: Qualitative interviews with women attending a family planning clinic. AIDS and Behavior, 8(3), 251-261.

Rose, V. J., Gomez, C. A., & Valencia-Garcia, D. (2003). Do community planning groups (CPGs) influence HIV prevention policy? An analysis of California CPGS. AIDS Education and Prevention, 15(2), 172-183

Gomez, C. A., Rose, V. J., & Valencia, D. (2001, Summer). Community planning groups create effective prevention policy. California Collaborations, 6.

Amaro, H., Vega, R., & Valencia, D. (2001). Gender, context, and HIV prevention among Latinos. In Aguirre-Molina, M., Molina, C., & Zambrana, R. (Eds.), Health Issues in the Latino Community (pp.301-324). Jossey-Bass Publishing.

Awards and Distinctions
2014-2016: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award for her continued work on health disparities among Latino populations. The objective of this two-year award is the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals whose research focuses on minority health disparities or other health disparities.