Mica Estrada, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Institute for Health & Aging
+1 415 476-5685

Dr. Mica Estrada received her Ph.D. (1997) in Social Psychology from Harvard University and now is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research program focuses on social influence, including the study of identity, values, forgiveness, well-being, and integrative education. Currently she is engaged in several longitudinal studies, which involve the implementation and assessment of interventions aimed to increase underrepresented minority student persistence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics careers (funded by NIH, NSF, and HHMI). With the NSF Climate Change Education grant, she directed an interdisciplinary team, to provide learning opportunities to San Diego leaders about the changing climate. She continues to advise on the Climate Stewards project.

Dr. Estrada’s scholarly work has had two areas of emphasis. First, her work is theory driven. Specifically, she assess how educational interventions result in greater integration into a community and increased engagement in the normative behaviors of that community. She utilizes the Tripartite Integration Model of Social Influence (TIMSI; Estrada et al., 2011, 2018) to inform the design of educational interventions as well as form the basis of evaluation and research used to assess if and why educational interventions work (or do not work). Second, Dr. Estrada’s work focuses on ethnic populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education, most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and have the potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to the pressing challenges of our day. As a leading scholar on issues of diversity and inclusion, she is currently serving on a National Research Council Roundtable.

On a personal note, Dr. Estrada has three children, indulges in the consideration of mystical ideas and enjoys spending time with her sweetheart.


The Influence of Microaffirmations on Undergraduate Persistence in Science Career Pathways.

CBE life sciences education

Estrada M, Young GR, Nagy J, Goldstein EJ, Ben-Zeev A, Márquez-Magaña L, Eroy-Reveles A

The Influence of Social Supports on Graduate Student Persistence in Biomedical Fields.

CBE life sciences education

Estrada M, Zhi Q, Nwankwo E, Gershon R

Future directions in meditation research: Recommendations for expanding the field of contemplative science.

PloS one

Vieten C, Wahbeh H, Cahn BR, MacLean K, Estrada M, Mills P, Murphy M, Shapiro S, Radin D, Josipovic Z, Presti DE, Sapiro M, Chozen Bays J, Russell P, Vago D, Travis F, Walsh R, Delorme A

Undergraduate Research Experiences Broaden Diversity in the Scientific Workforce.


Paul R Hernandez, Anna Woodcock, Mica Estrada, P Wesley Schultz

The Influence of Affirming Kindness and Community on Broadening Participation in STEM Career Pathways.

Social issues and policy review

Estrada M, Eroy-Reveles A, Matsui J

'Speaking Truth' Protects Underrepresented Minorities' Intellectual Performance and Safety in STEM.

Education sciences

Ben-Zeev A, Paluy Y, Milless KL, Goldstein EJ, Wallace L, Márquez-Magaña L, Bibbins-Domingo K, Estrada M

The use of theory in applied social psychology.

Applied Social Psychology

Mica Estrada, P. Wesley Schultz

The Role of Social Influences on Pro-Environment Behaviors in the San Diego Region.

Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine

Estrada M, Schultz PW, Silva-Send N, Boudrias MA

Personalized Normative Feedback and the Moderating Role of Personal Norms.

Environment and Behavior

P. Wesley Schultz, Alyssa Messina, Giuseppe Tronu, Eleuterio F. Limas, Rupanwita Gupta, Mica Estrada

Improving Underrepresented Minority Student Persistence in STEM.

CBE life sciences education

Estrada M, Burnett M, Campbell AG, Campbell PB, Denetclaw WF, Gutiérrez CG, Hurtado S, John GH, Matsui J, McGee R, Okpodu CM, Robinson TJ, Summers MF, Werner-Washburne M, Zavala M

Engagement in a Community-Based Integral Practice Program Enhances Well-being.

International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

Cassandra Vieten, Mica Estrada, Adam B. Cohen, Dean Radin, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Arnaud Delorme

Sustaining Optimal Motivation: A Longitudinal Analysis of Interventions to Broaden Participation of Underrepresented Students in STEM.

Journal of educational psychology

Hernandez PR, Schultz PW, Estrada M, Woodcock A, Chance RC

The consequences of chronic stereotype threat: domain disidentification and abandonment.

Journal of personality and social psychology

Woodcock A, Hernandez PR, Estrada M, Schultz PW

Patching the Pipeline: Reducing Educational Disparities in the Sciences Through Minority Training Programs.

Educational evaluation and policy analysis

Schultz PW, Hernandez PR, Woodcock A, Estrada M, Chance RC, Aguilar M, Serpe RT

Toward a model of Towards a model of social influence that explains minority student integration into the scientific community

Journal of educational psychology

Estrada, M., Woodcock, A., Hernandez, P. R., & Schultz, P. W.