Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Thrive Center Affiliate Faculty

About Dr. Rojas-Flores

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Ph.D. is associate professor of clinical psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her teaching, research, and scholarship are deeply informed by culture, context, developmental science, and research-practice partnerships with legal, advocacy, and faith-based organizations. Her primary research interests lie on immigrant children's well-being with particular focus on how trauma, community violence, and socio-structural adversity impacts the child and family unit. She is also interested in examining how clinical and community-based interventions mitigate the impact of trauma and cumulative adversity. As a bilingual/bicultural licensed clinical psychologist, she takes a special interest in addressing the interrelationships between family, mental health, and social justice issues.

Dr. Rojas-Flores examined the impact of immigration enforcement on Latino citizen—children’s psychological and academic well-being in the U.S. She is also engaged in collaborative international research examining the impact of community violence on parents, teachers, and adolescents living in El Salvador. In Columbia, as part of a multidisciplinary research team, she examines the challenges caused by forced migration and works to mobilize local religious communities to support people in situations of internal displacement (IDP's) recover and flourish.

Dr. Rojas-Flores has produced a variety of mental health resources at the Thrive Center for Human Development, particularly for leaders who work with undocumented youth with and without DACA status. She is a member of several organizations including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), and the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA).

Resources on DACA

DACA Self-Care, Mental Health Series

Lisseth Rojas-Flores and DACA recipient, Norma Ramirez explore the multidimensional identities of undocumented youth and offer a self-care, mental health guide in support of their journeys toward thriving.

Mentoring Undocumented Youth Webinar

Scholars, mentors, and DACA recipients come together to discuss the best practices and approaches to mentoring and advocating for undocumented youth with/without DACA status.