Dr. Lisseth Rojas Flores

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Thrive Center Affiliate Faculty

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EDUCATION

BA, Georgia State University

PhD, Adelphi University

Expertise

Trauma and trauma-informed care

Child and adolescent therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Immigration and forced migration

Youth violence prevention

Community engagement

Cross-cultural research

Bio

Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the department of Doctoral Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Rojas-Flores’ research centers on immigrant children’s well-being with a particular focus on how trauma, community violence, and socio-structural adversity impacts the child and family unit. She recently received funding from the Foundation for Child Development to study the impact of immigration enforcement on Latino children’s well-being in the context of their families, schools, and communities.

In an international context, she conducts collaborative research to examine the impact of community violence and trauma on adolescents, parents, and teachers living in El Salvador.  In Colombia, 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 (IDPs) recover and flourish.

Dr. Rojas-Flores’s teaching, research, and scholarship are deeply informed by culture, context, developmental science, and research-practice partnerships with legal, advocacy, and faith-based organizations. 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, faith, and social justice.

Dr. Rojas-Flores 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).

Download Dr. Rojas-Flores' CV here.

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Resources

Hands holding strengths and vulnerabilities

DACA Self-Care & Well-Being

[Toolkit] Self-care tips and resources to support DACA and undocumented individuals' mental health journey.

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Dr. Rojas, Luginbuhl, Ramirez, and Labberton at Conversing Podcast

Conversing about DACA

[Podcast] A DACA recipient, along with her mentor and Dr. Rojas-Flores, reflect on her journey under DACA policy.

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DACA webinar panelists

Mentoring DACA Youth Webinar

[Webinar] Dr. Rojas-Flores discusses best mentoring practices with scholars, mentors, and DACA recipients.

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Guide to Supporting DACA Youth

[Guide] Learn how you can mentor DACA and undocumented youth in the current socio-political climate.

Current Projects

Publications

Determinants of Health & Well-Being

Dr. Rojas-Flores and Thrive student, Jennifer Vaughn report on the potential health crisis among childrenLearn more...

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A Generation of High Risk

Dr. Rojas-Flores reviews other scholars' work on the impact of parental legal status and immigrationLearn more...

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Trauma in Latino Citizen Children

Dr. Rojas et al. look at PTSD symptoms and distress in Latino citizen children followingLearn more...

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Raising Children in Fear

Dr. Rojas et al. examine the exposure of community violence on parenting practices and parent-childLearn more...

"The Latino community is rising and we need more role models. In particular, we need to see powerful women who can have a voice, who can have healthy marriages, who can have healthy kids who are proud and who are thriving. It’s extremely important."

Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores