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).

2012-Present: Research Consultant Health Equity Institute, San Francisco State University
PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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

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

Valencia-Garcia, D., Rao, D., Strick, L., & Simoni, J. (2016). HIV-positive Peruvian women’s experiences with stigma from healthcare providers: “I would rather die than go back for care.” Health Care for Women International, 38(2), 1-15

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.

Cucciare, M. A., Weingardt, R., Valencia-Garcia, D., & Ghaus, S. (2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder and illicit drug use in Veterans presenting to primary care with alcohol misuse. Addiction Research & Theory, 23(4), 287-293.

Awards & 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.

2006-2010 PI, Improving Depression Treatment for Latinas, Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Doctoral National Research Service Award, NIMH (F31 MH078318-04; $129,840)