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


Associations Between Socioeconomic Status and Catecholamine Levels Vary by Acculturation Status in Mexican-American Women

JA Jiménez, S Shivpuri, KE de los Monteros… – Annals of Behavioral …, 2012
… Spanish-speaking Mexican-American women evidenced an inverse gradient similar to
non-Hispanic white and African-American popula- tions [5 … the border is a permeable boundary
that is frequently crossed for social, educational, healthcare, commerce, or professional reasons …
Link to abstract

A Multiple Case Study Examination of Resiliency Factors for Mexican and Mexican-American Transsexual Women

S Reicherzer… – International Journal of Transgenderism, 2012
… A Multiple Case Study Examination of Resiliency Factors for Mexican and Mexican-American
Transsexual Women. … for gaining a scope of the problems experienced by the transgender
community, it does very little to inform social and mental health service professionals of the
Link to abstract”


JF Whittenberg – 2012
… evil eye (mal de ojo). Instead of seeking help from a family physician or mental health professional,
Mexican Americans may choose to seek help from a folk healer … Mexican communities (Deck,
2009). It is important to note that not all Mexican American families attribute
Link to dissertation

Mexican-American Families and Dementia: An Exploration of “Work” in Response to Dementia-Related Aggressive Behavior

EC Apesoa-Varano, JC Barker… – Aging, Health, and Longevity in the …, 2012
… 2003) , and less access to or help from professional sources for these problems (Hinton et al.
2006) . Mexican-American family caregivers often attributed the onset or exacer- bation of
neuropsychiatric symptoms or behavior change to causes such as per- sonality and stress …
Link to abstract

Exploring the perspectives and behaviors regarding help-seeking and knowledge about marriage and family therapy in 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican-American women

AM Barrera – 2012
… have also been identified which indicate that women seek professional mental health services
more frequently than men. The aim of this study was two-fold: (1) to provide an opportunity to
hear the voices of 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican-American women regarding their help
Link to abstract

Neuroticism, acculturation and the cortisol awakening response in Mexican American adults

D Mangold, J Mintz, M Javors… – Hormones and Behavior, 2011
… 21, 92-99. Cervantes, RC, Castro, FG, 1985. Stress, coping and Mexican-American mental health:
A systematic review. Hispanic J. Behav. Sci. … Costa Jr., P., McCrae, R., 1992a. Revised NEO
Personality Inventory (NEO-PIR) and NEO Five- Factor Inventory professional manual. …
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Selected photos England and Belgium, 2016


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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