Sandra Calles, PhD

Dr. Sandra Calles is a psychologist, educator, life coach, mentor and activist. Her passion is to advocate for causes she believes in, teach about mental health topics, and guide others, so they may achieve success in their personal and career endeavors.

She has over 11 years of experience as a mental health professional having worked at various mental health facilities. Most recently she was a therapist at Los Angeles Harbor College at the Life Skills Center. While at Harbor College, she helped many students overcome emotional obstacles so they could transfer to universities and meet their career goals. She devotes her personal and professional life to political causes, and activities that promote mental health, women’s issues, the empowerment of Latinas through education, business ownership, financial literacy and political engagement. Dr. Sandra is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, earning both a BA in Human Services and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She earned her doctorate from Saybrook University in Psychology, where she developed a treatment modality from her research on survivors of sudden cardiac death. The treatment plan known as PROSPER, is an acronym detailing a healing plan that can be applied to survivors of various traumas and is the underpinning for the work she does with her clients..... Continue Reading


Epidemiology of Headache

U Uygunoglu, A Siva – Pharmacological Management of Headaches, 2015
… In the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which was conducted by the National Center
for Health Statistics, overall prevalence was estimated as 14.3% in Whites, 14.0% in Blacks, 9.2%
in Asians, 12.9% in Hispanics, 11.9% in Mexican Americans, and 17.7% in Native …
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Patterns of Variation in Botanical Supplement Use among Hispanics and Latinos in the United States

KR Faurot, AC Filipelli, C Poole, PM Gardiner – Epidemiol, 2015
… Volume 5 • Issue 3 • 1000195 Epidemiol ISSN: 2161-1165 Epidemiol, an open access journal
US-Mexican border, botanical use may be less common because it is less available. … Loera, 2001,
J Gerontology [22] National cohort study (EPESE), probability, Older Mexican Am. …
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The Effect of Bilingualism on Self-Perceived Multicultural Counseling Competence

NN Ivers, JA Villalba – 2015
… Language switching and Mexican Americans’ emotional expression. Journal of Multicultural
Counseling and Development, 35, 154–168. … Counselor bilingual ability, counselor ethnicity,
acculturation, and Mexican Americans’ perceived counselor credibility. …
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Immigration and psychotic experiences in the United States: Another example of the epidemiological paradox?

H Oh, J Abe, N Negi, J DeVylder – Psychiatry Research, 2015
… association between immigration and PE in the US, and their findings showed that when compared
with native-born populations, Mexican immigrants reported … The NLAAS is a survey of Latino
(n=2554) and Asian (n=2095) Americans, which for the purposes of this study was …
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The Effects of Acculturation on Neuropsychological Rehabilitation of Ethnically Diverse Persons

JP Niemeier, JK Kaholokula, JC Arango-Lasprilla… – … : Clinical Prinicipals for …, 2015
… In terms of pre- dictors for psychological problems such as depression, a recent survey (Leung
et al., 2014) revealed increased self-report of depression symptoms in Mexican Americans who
were concerned about discrimination, had a loss of income, or were worried about …
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Binge Drinking and Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics Among Mexican Americans Residing on the U.S.–Mexico Border

PAC Vaeth, R Caetano, BA Mills – Alcoholism: Clinical and …, 2015 – Wiley Online Library
7 days ago – Background This study examines the association between perceived
neighborhood violence, perceived neighborhood collective efficacy, and binge drinking
among Mexican Americans residing on the US–Mexico border. Methods Data were …
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Stability in Cognitive Function Over 18 Years: Prevalence and Predictors among Older Mexican Americans

Purpose: Numerous studies have examined the association of physical, behavioral and social factors with cognitive decline in older adults. Less attention has been placed on factors associated with long-term maintenance of intact cognition even into very old age. A greater understanding of those factors can inform the development of activities for maintaining cognitive strength. Methods: Using a sample from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, a population-based study of non-institutionalized Mexican Americans aged 65 and older from five Southwestern states (N = 2767), latent class mixture models were developed to identify subgroups of cognitive…
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The Association Between Affective and Problem-Solving Communication and Intimate Partner Violence Among Caucasian and Mexican American Couples: a Dyadic Approach

JF Hammett, DM Castañeda, EC Ulloa – Journal of Family Violence, 2015
… Marital conflict and acculturation among Mexican American husbands and wives. …
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(3), 249–256.View Article; Huston,
TL, Caughlin, JP, Houts, RM, Smith, SE, & George, LJ (2001). …
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Self-Reported Parenting of Clinic-Referred and Non-referred Mexican American Mothers of Young Children

KM McCabe, M Mechammil, M Yeh, A Zerr – Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2015
… Risk, conflict, mothers’ parenting, and children’s adjustment in low-income, Mexican
immigrant, and Mexican American families. … Eyberg child behavior inventory and
sutter-eyberg student behavior inventory-revised: Professional manual. …

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Photo Collections

Selected photos England and Belgium, 2016


Selected photos Filoli Gardens, Spring 2017, Spain, England, and Belgium

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“…And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor—
And this, and so much more?—
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while…”

T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Press Release

2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals Now Available

The 2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals is now available on

News from the 2015 American Community Service shows good increases in the numbers of Mexican Americans attending college, achieving educational attainment, and holding jobs in industries including science, management, and business.

• Mexican American college enrollment increased from 18.7% to 18.9% between 2014 and 2015
• Graduate or professional degree attainment among Mexican Americans rose from 2.9% to 3.0%
• The number of Mexican Americans achieving bachelor’s degrees rose from 7.6% to 7.8% in 2015

Despite these numbers, Mexican Americans are still near the bottom of college enrollment and educational attainment by race and ethnicity.

The University of California is proactive in pushing for a greater number of underrepresented minorities. The number Chicano/Latino students attending UOC increased by 2.7% since 2014; this group now makes up 32.3% of admitted university freshmen.

In terms of occupations, the number of Mexican Americans making up part of the management, business, science, and art occupations continues to rise, from 16.6% to 17.5% from 2012 to 2015. Mexican Americans have also seen consistent numbers in the professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services occupations, keeping steady at 10.2% of all jobs in these fields held by Mexican Americans.

These numbers represent continuing gains in higher education and professional jobs for Mexican Americans. For more, visit