BA, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
MSW, California State University at Los Angeles
Marlene Flores-Avila is a full-time lecture in the Department of Social Work. She teaches courses in Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, and Field Instruction. Prof. Flores-Avila received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MSW from the California State University Los Angeles. Prof. Flores-Avila is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in serving children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County and more recently, Orange County. Her expertise has been in working with the LatinX population and providing services at all levels of social work. Her experience has been gained from working for and with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles Area, and more extensively with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and Kaiser Permanente. Her area of interest is in merging her social work expertise with lactation education, community advocacy and empowerment and with the integration of mindfulness into social work practice.