Dellanira Garcia Portrait

Dellanira Garcia

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4072 CO 201


Dr. Dellanira Garcia, a licensed clinical psychologist, obtained her PhD 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 in peer-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).

President, Section III, Society of Latinx Womxn in Psychology/Sociedad de Mujerx en Psicologia, Division 35 (Psychology of Women), American Psychological Association
Admissions and Recruitment Chair, PsyD Program
Forum Chair, Latinas in Leadership Conference, USF Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach with Vice Provost Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi
PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
MA, Psychology, Boston University
BA, Psychology, University of California at Davis
Research Consultant, Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, WA
Project Director, Department of Medicine, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco, CA
Mental health and health disparities among BIPOC communities
Latinx Mental Health
Community based research methods
Social determinants of health
Women's sexual risk and health
Selected Publications

Dominguez, D., Garcia, D., Martinez, D. A., & Hernandez-Arriaga, B. (2020). Leveraging the Power of Mutual Aid, Coalitions, Leadership, and Advocacy during COVID-19. American Psychologist, 75(7), 909–918. 

Valencia-Garcia, D., & Montoya, H. (2018). Lost in translation: Training needs for bilingual students in health service psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 12(3), 142–148. 

Valencia-Garcia, D., Bi, X., & Ayón, C. (2017). Sensitivity and specificity in three commonly used measures of depression among Mexican American women. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19(3), 562-571. 

Ayón, C., Gurrola, M., Messing, J., & Valencia-Garcia, D. (2017). The oppression of Latina mothers: Experiences of exploitation, violence, marginalization, cultural imperialism, and powerlessness in their everyday lives. Violence Against Women, 24(8), 1-22. 

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, 68(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. 

Awards & Distinctions

Educational Effectiveness Award, Program Evaluation Committee, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco, 2019

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Research Congress, Excellence in Educational Research Award, 2016

Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health, Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (award amount $35,398), 2014-2016