Luz Maria Garcini, Ph.D., MPH, is a nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico and an Assistant Professor at the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at UT Health San Antonio's Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine. Broadly, Garcini’s research focuses on the study of trauma, loss and grief among Latino immigrants. The primary goal of her research is to inform policy and best practices among providers, as well as to develop and disseminate interventions for individuals and families facing adversity. Her current work with Projecto Voces, which involves both community outreach and research, has generated scientific evidence to document and address the complex health needs of undocumented Mexican immigrants and deportees.
Garcini’s work has been presented at multiple national and international conferences and garnered media coverage by news outlets such as CBS, U.S. News and World Report, MSN, Global News, Univision and Telemundo. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Ford Foundation Fellowships, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Graduate Student Award in Professional Psychology, the Art Nezu Diversity Dissertation Award from the American Board of Professional Psychology and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Latino Psychological Association. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, the University of California, Berkley’s Health Initiative of the Americas and the American Psychological Foundation. Garcini received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (SDSU/UCSD) and a master’s of public health with concentration in epidemiology from SDSU.