Lisseth Rojas-Flores is assistant professor of psychology for the Marital and Family Therapy program in the School of Psychology. She has been on the faculty since 2004. Rojas-Flores’ interests include examining the causes and prevention of behavior problems in children, assessing community-based youth violence interventions, and studying the effects of trauma on parenting. Her current research, through the Fuller Youth Initiative (FYI), involves conducting evaluations with local programs aimed at preventing youth violence. The goal of the program is to empower existing community violence prevention programs to track the effects of their efforts with youth at-risk.
With a background in ministry and research, Rojas-Flores hopes to contribute to and encourage replication of successful models and practices for youth violence prevention. She also hopes to improve the quality of parent-child relationships through her research on parenting interventions with ethnically and culturally diverse populations, particularly with Latino parents. Originally from Colombia, she is both bilingual and bicultural and takes a special interest in cultural issues involving childrearing, child mental health, and family interventions. Roja-Flores is also a licensed psychologist.