Former Director of Determinants and Challenges of the Health System at the Mexican Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Morelos, professor and researcher at the INSP where she leads the research line "Health and Vulnerable Groups”, and serves as the Global Health program coordinator. From 1990 to 2000, Dr. Salgado de Snyder was Senior Researcher at the Mexican National Institute of Psychiatry where she was co-Director of the NIH-Fogarty funded training program. Prior to that, she served as Associate Director of the NIMH funded Spanish-Speaking Mental Health Research Center, which was based at UCLA’s Psychology Department. She has published over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters about social vulnerability and health, and has conducted research with groups such as undocumented immigrants, elderly people, and those living in poverty (e.g., Salgado de Snyder et al., 1998). She has mentored many young scholars on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The success of our past MIRT program (1995-1999) was largely due to Dr. Salgado de Snyder’s strong organizational skills and mentoring relationships.
Denise A. Chavira, Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA, is a leader in the areas of child anxiety, Latino mental health, and mental health disparities among youth. Her earlier work has focused on the dissemination of evidence-based interventions to pediatric primary care settings with an emphasis on understanding barriers to treatment among anxious Latino youth. In doing so, she has used mixed methods designs to better understand Latino conceptualizations of anxiety and attitudes toward mental health services. Currently, Dr. Chavira is working on examining novel service delivery methods for rural populations particularly low-income Latino families. These projects have focused on examining the feasibility of telephone based interventions as well as moderators of treatment outcome. Additionally, Dr. Chavira has an ongoing interest in understanding risk and resilience among Latino youth who are at high-risk for anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. Dr. Chavira is a champion of underrepresented students in psychology; she participates in various training programs to advance the professional careers of these individuals.