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Carmen Valdez, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology
The University of Texas at Austin

M.S., Clinical Psychology
Loyola College in Maryland


Carmen R. Valdez has a joint appointment as associate professor in the Department of Population Health and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. She is a community-based participatory researcher with a special interest in mental health promotion and intervention with Latina/o immigrant families. She is also interested in understanding the role of social policy, neighborhood and family factors on immigrant health. She aims to address health equity through partnerships, community grounded research and mentoring of health equity scholars.

Prior to 2018, she was associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). At UW she was the academic lead of the Latino Equity Collaborative, an advisory board of community and academic partners that leverages social capital, community experience and university research and resources to address educational and health equity for latinos in Madison and across the state. Leadership on this and other projects, such as Fortalezas Familiares (Family Strengths) and the Lives of Immigrant Families, received recognition in the form of community engagement and excellence in diversity awards.

While at UW, Valdez was the faculty director of the Advancing Health Equity and Diversity (AHEAD) program, of the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. In this role, she led five affiliated AHEAD program directors in developing a ‘community of scholarship’ in which authentic leadership, research career development and networking opportunities are offered to early to mid-career health equity scholars at UW. At a national level, Valdez has actively contributed to the American Psychological Association (APA). She chaired the APA’s Committee on Children, Youth and Families in 2015 and is now a member of the APA Working Group on Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She is associate editor of the journal Family Process.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Psychological Association
    Chair of the Committee on Children, Youth and Families, 2015-2016
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resolution Working Group
  • Society for Research in Child Development American Public Health Association
Awards & Honors
  • Excellence in Diversity Award
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
  • Outstanding Woman of Color Award
    University of Wisconsin System, 2013
  • Outstanding Woman of Color Award
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
  • Engaged Scholarship Award
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013