Ana T. Flores
Ana T. Flores is a dual MSW and PhD student in the School of Social Work. She received her BA in Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino and completed an honors thesis in behavioral neuroscience research.
Flores has more than seven years of experience in the mental health and social service fields with a wide range of populations. Her background includes work with individuals experiencing psychosis and other severe mental health symptoms and impairments. She worked closely with county and community entities in overcoming barriers that adolescents and young adults faced, including: exiting foster care, experiencing or being at risk of homelessness, undocumented status, patterns of incarcerations and hospitalizations, lack of medication management, and vicious cycles of poverty and poor health care. Flores also worked on projects towards integration of behavioral health services in overall care and improving access to care in low SES communities in the San Bernardino and Riverside counties of California.
Her current research interests are in the development, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for schizophrenia and related disorders. Flores believes community involvement during this process is paramount in ensuring effective and successful implementation. She is interested in incorporating interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to encourage recovery and stabilization for those experiencing schizophrenia, psychosis, and other serious and pervasive mental health diagnoses.