Lisseth Rojas-Flores

Associate Professor of Marital and Family Therapy, Department of Marriage and FamilySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
BA, Georgia State University
PhD, Adelphi University

Lisseth Rojas-Flores is an associate professor in the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her primary research interests focus on trauma, youth violence prevention, and the quality of parent-child relationships and overall well-being of children and parents living in low-income immigrant families in the United States. She is also engaged in international research examining the impact of community violence on parents, teachers, and adolescents living in El Salvador.

Rojas-Flores’s teaching, research, and scholarship are deeply informed by culture and context. As a bilingual/bicultural licensed clinical psychologist, she takes a special interest in addressing the interrelationships between family, mental health, and social justice issues. She recently received funding from the Foundation for Child Development to study the impact of immigration enforcement on Latino children’s well-being in the context of their families, schools, and communities.

Rojas-Flores is a member of several organizations, including the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD), and the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA).

Courses Taught

  • FT514: Family Therapy
  • FT520: Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • FT522: Assessment
  • FT532: Working with Children and Families of Color

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Trauma, child and adolescent therapy, immigration, youth violence prevention, community engagement, cross-cultural research, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)



  • Canino, I. A., & Rojas-Flores, L. (1999). Coping with Stress through Art: An Ethnic Sensitive Model. A Primary Preventive Intervention Program Manual for Elementary School Children at Risk.
Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., Currier, J. M., Roland, A., & Putman, K. M. , De Jesus, M* (under review as of 2013). Exposure to violence, posttraumatic stress, and burnout among teachers in El Salvador: A research report from two samples. International Perspectives of Psychology.
  • Lin, E*., Rojas-Flores, L., Clements, M., & Kulzer, R.* (under review as of 2013) Acculturation, Communication, and Parent-Adolescent Relationships in Asian Immigrant Families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., Putman, K.M, Ramos*, J.S., & Foy, D.W. (under review as of 2013). Burnout and Self-Care in Salvadorian Teachers: Understanding the Impact of Community Violence Exposure. Journal of Educational Psychology.
  • Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., Currier, J.M., Lin, E*., Kulzer, R.,* & Foy, D.W. (2013). “We are Raising Our Children in Fear”: Salvadorian Mothers’ Experiences with Community Violence. International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, and Consultation.
  • Roland, A., Currier, J.M., Rojas-Flores, L., & Herrera, S. (2013). Event Centrality and Posttraumatic Outcomes in the Context of Pervasive Violence: A Study of Teachers in El Salvador. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal.
  • Currier, J.M., Holland, J.S., Rozalski, V., Thompson, K.L., Rojas-Flores, L., & Herrera, S. (2013). Teaching in Violent Communities: The Contribution of Meaning Made of Stress on Psychiatric Distress and Burnout. International Journal of Stress Management. 20, 254-277.
  • Currier, J. M, Holland, J.M., Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., & Foy, D. (accepted 2013). Morally Injurious Experiences and Meaning in Salvadorian Teachers Exposed to Violence. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • Rojas-Flores, L., Lowe*, C., & Herrera, S. (2006). Using Empirically Supported Parenting Programs to Guide Interventions with Disadvantaged and Ethnically/Racially Diverse Parents. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25, 216-225.
  • Calzada, E.J., Caldwell, M.B., Miller, L.S., Brown, EJ., Wallace, S., McQuaid, J.H., Rojas-Flores, L., & O’Neal, C. (2005). Training Community Members to Serve as Paraprofessionalss in an Evidence-based, Prevention Program for Parents for Preschoolers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 3, 387-402.
  • Chance, S.E., Reviere, S.L, Rogers, J.H., James, M.E., Jessee, S., Rojas, L., Hatcher, C., & Kaslow, N.A. (1996). An empirical study of the psychodynamics of suicide: A preliminary report. Depression, 4, 89-91.
Book Chapter
  • Zayas, L.H., & Rojas-Flores, L. (2002). Learning from Latino parents: Combining etic and emic approaches to designing interventions. In J. Contreras, A. Neal-Barnett, & K. Kerns (Eds.), Latino Children and Families in the United States: Current Research and Future Directions (pp. 233-249). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

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