Mica Estrada, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
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3333 California Street, Rm 340Q
UCSF Box 0646
San Francisco, CA 94118
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Dr. Mica Estrada received her Ph.D. (1997) in Social Psychology from Harvard University and now is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research program focuses on social influence, including the study of identity, values, forgiveness, well-being, and integrative education. Currently she is engaged in several longitudinal studies, which involve the implementation and assessment of interventions aimed to increase underrepresented minority student persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers (funded by NIH, NSF, and HHMI). With the NSF Climate Change Education grant, she directed an interdisciplinary team, to provide learning opportunities to San Diego leaders about the changing climate. She continues to advise on the Climate Stewards project.

Dr. Estrada’s scholarly work has had two areas of emphasis. First, her work is theory driven. Specifically, she assess how educational interventions result in greater integration into a community and increased engagement in the normative behaviors of that community. She utilizes the Tripartite Integration Model of Social Influence (TIMSI; Estrada et al., 2011, 2018) to inform the design of educational interventions as well as form the basis of evaluation and research used to assess if and why educational interventions work (or do not work). Second, Dr. Estrada’s work focuses on ethnic populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education, most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and have the potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to the pressing challenges of our day. As a leading scholar on issues of diversity and inclusion, she is currently serving on a National Research Council Roundtable.

On a personal note, Dr. Estrada has three children, indulges in the consideration of mystical ideas and enjoys spending time with her sweetheart.
NASA Education Performance Assessment and Evaluation Expert Review Panel, NASA, 2018-pres
Carl A. Grant Scholar, Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education, National Academy of Science, 2017-pres
Adolphus Toliver Award for Outstanding Research, Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Science Careers, 2016
Committee on Strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students, National Academy of Science, 2015
Joint Working Group on Improving URM P, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/National Institutes of Health, 2014-2015
Leadership Institute Graduate, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), 2013
BA, 1989 - Psychology, UC Berkeley
Minority Groups
Social Influence
Climate Change
STEM Programs
Underrepresented Minorities
Integrative Education