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Mica Estrada, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Institute for Health & Aging, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of California San Francisco

Dr. Estrada is an Associate Professor at the University of California at San Francisco’s School of nursing in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging. Her research program focuses on social influence, including the study of identity, values, kindness, well-being, and integrative education. Currently, she leads as Principal Investigator on several longitudinal studies, which involve implementing and assessing interventions aimed to increase student persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers (funded by NIH, NSF, and HHMI). A common characteristic of Dr. Estrada’s work is designing and empirically testing interventions that can change individual behavior, social norms, and community consciousness. Further, Dr. Estrada’s work focuses on ethnic populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education, most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and are providing diverse and creative solutions to the pressing challenges of our day. She received the Leadership Institute Graduate Award from the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in 2013 and the Adolphus Toliver Award for Outstanding Research in 2016. She has previously served as a member of the study on strengthening Research Experiences for Undergraduate STEM Students at the National Academies of Sciences (NAS), Engineering, and Medicine and currently in on a NAS Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education. In addition, she writes a Psychology Today blog entitled Lead with Kindness. Dr. Estrada earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.