Melissa Flores, PhD

Assistant Professor, Clinical
Director, Health Equity Analytics Lab (HEAL)

Research Interests:

Social networks and health
Social and structural factors influencing health disparities
Latina/o/x health
Quantitative methods
Biopsychosocial model of health


Selected Publications:

Flores, M., Ruiz, J. M., Butler, E. A., & Sbarra, D. A. (2022). Hispanic ethnic density may be protective for older Black/African American and Non-Hispanic White populations for some health conditions: An exploration of support and neighborhood mechanisms. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 56(1), 21-34.
Flores, M., O’Neill, R. M., Boyd, S. M., Uchino, B. N., & Ruiz, J. M. (2023). Examining between-group differences in social network density and hs-CRP in older adults: Implications for the Hispanic Mortality Paradox. Psychosomatic Medicine, 10-1097.
Brondolo, E., Kaur, A., & Flores, M. (2023). Structural racism and health in the age of COVID‐19: A selective review with policy implications. Social Issues and Policy Review, 17(1), 34-61.

Courses Taught:

PSY 510 - Statistics Fundamentals (2023)

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.



B.A. University of Texas, Austin (2009)
M.S. Arizona State University (2014)
Ph.D. University of Arizona (2018)

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