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


Mexican American and Other Hispanic Couples’ Relationship Dynamics: A Review to Inform Interventions Aimed at Promoting Healthy Relationships

RE Orengo-Aguayo – Marriage & Family Review, 2015
… Marriage & Family Review. Mexican American and Other Hispanic Couples’ Relationship
Dynamics: A Review to Inform Interventions Aimed at Promoting Healthy Relationships. …
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Cultural, Media, and Peer Influences on Body Beauty Perceptions of Mexican American Adolescent Girls

LF Romo, R Mireles-Rios, A Hurtado – Journal of Adolescent Research, 2015
… Beauty Perceptions of Mexican American Adolescent Girls Laura F. Romo1, Rebeca
Mireles-Rios1, and Aida Hurtado1 … Page 2. 2 Journal of Adolescent Research Keywords Mexican
American, Latinas, adolescent girls, body image, self-esteem, appearance …
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MARIO, A 35-YLD Mexican American male, and Kevin, a 33-year-old

DJ Alonzo – Handbook of Couples Therapy
… MARIO, A 35-YEAR-OLD Mexican American male, and Kevin, a 33-year- old words, 370 …
Nevertheless, it is important for GLBT therapists to expand their professional knowledge of
dynamics in same-sex couples so that they can offer the most balanced treatment possible. …
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Exploring Mexican American adolescent romantic relationship profiles and adjustment

Although Mexican Americans are the largest ethnic minority group in the nation, knowledge is limited regarding this population’s adolescent romantic relationships. This study explored whether 12th grade Mexican Americans’ (N = 218; 54% female) romantic relationship characteristics, cultural values, and gender created unique latent classes and if so, whether they were linked to adjustment…
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Interactive effects of acculturation and pro-inflammatory factors on C-reactive protein among childbearing age Mexican-American women in the United States

Maternal pro-inflammatory states have been linked with increased risk of diabetes and obesity in offspring. Childbearing-age Mexican-American women (CAMAW) have the highest fertility rates and one of the highest levels of inflammation in the United States. A significant proportion migrates to the U.S. during early reproductive years. How acculturation interacts with various pro-inflammatory risk factors to influence inflammation risk in this population has not been examined…
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Parental Feeding Practices and Child Weight status in Mexican American Families: a longitudinal analysis s

JM Tschann, SM Martinez, C Penilla, SE Gregorich… – International Journal of …, 2015
… Procedure We recruited families to participate in a 24-month longitudinal cohort study to
understand parental influences on obesity in Mexican American children. … Occupational status
could range from unskilled (=1) to major professional (=9) [48]. …
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Spirituality and Resilience Among Mexican American IPV Survivors

A Iván, T Barnett-Queen, M Messick, M Gurrola – Journal of interpersonal violence, 2015
… Spirituality and Resilience Among Mexican American IPV Survivors. … This study examined the
correlation between spirituality, resilience, and intimate partner violence using a cross-sectional
survey of 54 Mexican American women living along the US–Mexico border. …
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Beyond immigrant status: Book-sharing in low-income Mexican-American families

M Salinas, DR Pérez-Granados, HM Feldman… – Journal of Early Childhood …, 2015
… Rank) Score: 0.726 | 47/222 Health (Social Science) | 125/273 Developmental and
Educational Psychology | 204/1035 Education (Scopus®). Beyond immigrant status:
Book-sharing in low-income Mexican-American families. …
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Machismo in The United States

The word Latino will be used in this paper because of its inclusivity. It has
been used in the United States by people of Hispanic and Latin decent as a means
of legitimacy in politics, humanities and literature. To avoid any uncertainty, Latino,
according to the Royal Academy of Spanish Language, is used to reference both
males and females (Torres-Rivera 26). In the United States, Latinos are younger
than the general population on average. About 60% of the US population is 39 years
or younger, while over ¾ of the Latino population falls in this quotient. 21% of Latino
homes fall below the poverty line. Almost 15% of all those jailed in the United States
are Latino and 23% of these are drug related (27). Therefore, it is highly probable
that any counselor or clinician working with Latino clients will encounter addiction
and substance use or abuse…
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Explaining the Mexican-American Health Paradox Using Selectivity Effects

EA Téllez, JN Martínez, ER González – 2015
… Banco de México Working Papers N° 2015-02 Explaining the Mexican-American Health Paradox
Using Selectivity Effects January 2015 … Erick Rangel González Banco de México Page 2. Explaining
the Mexican-American Health Paradox Using Selectivity Effects …
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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