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Jackelyne Garcia, M.A.

Pronouns: Jackelyne, she, her

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Medicine

San Diego

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Areas of Research

Health Disparities, Underserved Populations, Community-Based Interventions, Implementation and Dissemination, Physical and Mental Health


Jackie is a second-year doctoral student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego in the behavioral medicine track. She completed her Master’s in Psychology at San Diego State University.

Jackie’s research interests lie in addressing disparities in access to health services for underserved communities, particularly rural and Latine communities. She is broadly interested in the neurobiology of social connection and how it relates to physical and mental health. More specifically, she is interested in using multimodal methods (e.g. neuroimaging, behavioral assessment, physiological measures) to learn about mechanisms related to social support giving and health.

She is currently leading a project focused on adapting the Fe en Acción program, a church-based physical activity program, to rural Latine settings. She has also led the implementation component of Fe en Acción, involving the development of training materials to empower promotoras and engage faith-based organization leaders in the program.


Elva Arredondo, Ph.D., SDSU


  1. M.A., Psychology
    San Diego State University
  1. Marquez, C., Kazmierski, K., Carballo, J. A., Garcia, J., Avalos, V., Russo, L. N., Arreola, J., Rodriguez, A. H., Perez, A. A., Leal, F., Torres, G., Montiel, G., Guerra, N., & Borelli, J. L. (2023). COVID-19 and the Latinx community: Promotoras represent a community in pain. Journal of Latinx Psychology. 11(2), 148–165.
  2. Hong, K., Morelli, N. M., Garcia, J., Duong, J. B., Evans, M. C., Litrownik, A. J., & Villodas, M. T. (2022). Trajectories of adolescent psychopathology among youth who were maltreated and placed in out-of-home care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 128.
  3. Morelli, N., Duong, J., Evans, M., Hong, K., Garcia, J., & Villodas, M. (2020). Intergenerational Transmission of Abusive Parenting: Role of Prospective Maternal Distress and Family Violence. Child Maltreatment, 26(2), 172-181.
  1. Garcia, J., Gomez, M., Schneider, J., Formagini, T., Lafuente, O., & Arredondo, E. (2023, June 06). Development of a promotora empowerment training for a church-based physical activity program for Latinas. Poster presented at COPRH Con 2023.
  2. Garcia, J. & Borelli, J. (2021, August 13). Examining the Factor Sturcture of COVID-19 Psychological Impact Questionnaires in Latinx Youth. Oral presentations at the UC Irvine Summer Research Symposium, Irvine, CA.
  3. Garcia, J., Hong, K., Morelli, N., Evans, M., Duong, A., Alvarez, A., Delgadillo, H., Voss, C., Verdura, G., Mraz, A., & Villodas, M. (2020, October 29 – November 1). Delinquency Among Latinx Adolescents: The Protective Role of Parent-Child Relationship Quality. Poster presentation at the National Latinx Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
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Awards & Honors
  1. NIH Diversity Supplement to R01HL158538
  2. SDSU University Graduate Fellowship
  3. Clinical Psychology JDP Fellowship
  4. SDSU Graduate Equity Fellowship 2020-2021
  5. Sally Casanova Scholarship
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Fun Facts
  1. In her free time, Jackie enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.