Mica Estrada, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University and now is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research focuses on social influence, including the study of identity, values, kindness, well-being, and integrative education.
Currently, she is engaged in several studies which implement and assess programs that increase student persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). With an NSF Climate Change Education grant, she directs an interdisciplinary team to provide learning opportunities to San Diego leaders about the changing climate. As a volunteer, she leads Civic Light Projects, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cultural, economic, environmental and academic prosperity.
Her publications and scholarly work focus on ethnic populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education, that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and that have the potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to pressing challenges. As a leading scholar on issues of diversity and inclusion, she recently served on a National Academies’ committee, and 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.