Grad Students

Josefina Flores Morales



Contact Information

Email    flores.morales@ucla.edu
Office  Haines 109

My research interests include: social demography, immigration, health, aging and inequality. 

Fields of Study

Immigration, Health, Aging, and Social Demography 

Publications

Flores Morales, J., Diaz C., Nobles, J., and J. Fletcher. (2021). Network Closure and Educational Mobility in Mexican Families. Social Science Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102694

Flores Morales, J. (2021). Aging and undocumented: The sociology of aging meets immigration status. Sociology Compass 15(4): e12859

Flores Morales, J. and F. Farago. (2021) "Of course we need to help the undocumented immigrants!”: Twitter discourse of COVID19 and undocumented immigrants and its implications. Sociological Perspectives 64(5): 765-785.

Flores Morales, J. and Y. Garcia. (2021) Beyond undocumented: Differences in the mental health of Latinx undocumented college students. Latino Studies 19, 374–399.  

Flores Morales, J. and M. Nkimbeng* (equal co-authorship). (2021) An Exploration of the Relationship between Diabetes and Depression among Immigrants in the United States. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23(3): 444-451.

Beltrán-Sánchez, H., Goldman, N. Pebley, A. R., and Flores Morales, J. (2020). Calloused Hands, Shorter Life? Occupation and Older Age Survival in Mexico.  Demographic Research, 42(32).

Aquino, S., Flores Morales, J., Aung, M. Keovisai, M. and J. K. McGee-Avila. (2019). Healthy Aging: A Conceptual Model of Community-based Solutions in the Face of Climate Change and Global Demographic Changes. Community Development Innovation Review, 14(1).

Flores Morales, J. (2019). Aging knows no borders. Public Health Post, (Opinion-Editorial).

Grants and Awards

Charles E. & Sue K Young Graduate Award, UCLA, 2022-23

Extramural Mentored Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Center for Financial Security, 2021-22

Dean's Fund for the Study of Diversity and Racial Inequality 2021

Health Policy Research Scholars, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2016-2020

California Center for Population Research Don Treiman Fellowship , UCLA 2019-2020

Small Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Financial Security 2019-2020

UC Network on Child Health, Poverty and Public Policy 2019-2020 Graduate Student Training Grants Competition

Graduate  Research Mentorship Program, UCLA 2020

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, UCLA 2020

Social Justice Graduate Fellow, UCLA Institute of American Culture 2019-2020

American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Graduate Fellow 2020

Andres y Maria Cardenas Family Foundation Scholarship 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-2020

William T. Grant Foundation Travel Award for RC28 Conference 2019

Best Poster Award (top ~5% of posters), Population Association of America 2018 ("Immigrants age too: Projections of the magnitude of the U.S. undocumented adult population")

National Poverty Study Graduate Fellow, Stanford Center on Poverty & Inequality 2018

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship program, UCLA 2018

Funded participant - Poverty Tracker Data Training Workshop, Columbia Population Research Center and Center on Poverty & Social Poverty 2017

Eugene Cota Robles fellowship, UCLA 2017

Helen Firstbrook Franklin Scholarship Program, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS), University of Wisconsin- Madison 2016

HONORABLE MENTION: 

Alternate, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2020

 Honorable mention, California Center for Population Research Don Treiman Fellowship 2018-2019

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2018

Finalist, Immigrants Rising Entrepreneurship Grant 2018

UNDERGRADUATE: 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar 2016

Young Scholars Program, Society for Research on Adolescence 2016

Best Poster Award, UCLA Powell Research Week 2016

Council of Mexican Federations Mexican American Dream Scholarship 2015

Pre-Health Dreamers Health Professional Advancement Program Fellow 2015

Adler University Travel Award 2015

Community Development of Social Justice Scholars Program, UCLA, research stipend 2015

Psychology Research Opportunities Program, UCLA, research stipend 2015

Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Poster Award 2015

Undergraduate Travel Grant, UCLA Undergraduate Research Center 2015

Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship, Writing Success Program, UCLA 2013

Comision Femenil de San Fernando Valley Scholarship 2012

Rigoberto Ruelas Memorial Scholarship, UTLA 2012

Conference Presentations

Oral Presentations

Flores Morales, J. 2021. The Kids Are (Not) Alright: Healthcare Access Before and After the Medical Expansion in 2016: An Analysis Using the California Health Interview Survey. Population Association of America Meetings. 

Nobles, J., Flores Morales, J., Diaz C., Fletcher, J. (2017, April). Network Closure and Educational Mobility in Mexican Families. Population Association of America Meetings, Chicago.

Flores Morales, J. Garcia, Y., Suárez-Orozco, C. (2016, May). Anxious and undocumented: A closer look at family responsibilities while in college. Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA

Flores Morales, J. Garcia, Y., Suárez-Orozco, C. (2016, May). Anxious and undocumented: A closer look at family responsibilities while in college. UCLA Powell Week, Los Angeles, CA.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, November). Oral history: Latino new immigrant youth. Invited panelist in undergraduate course at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Flores Morales, J., & Smith, S. J. (2015, August). Addressing occupational health for lowwage workers in a community health care setting. Paper presented at the Southern California NIOSH Education and Research Center Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, March). Undocumented student resources in higher education. Presented at the Annual Rock out Youth Poverty Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Poster Presentations
Flores Morales, J. Garcia, Y., Suárez-Orozco, C. (2017, April). Anxious and Undocumented: A closer look at Family Responsibilities of Latino college students. Population Association of America Meetings, Chicago.

Flores Morales, J. Nguyen, E. T., Moody, C. T., & Baker, B. L. (2016, May). The effect of maternal mental health on mothers’ language behavior towards typically developing and developmentally delayed children. Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA


Flores Morales, J. (2016, May). The tapestry of transitions: English Language Learners’ demography, school-based resource use and staff perspectives. UCLA Powell Week, Los Angeles, CA. 

Flores Morales, J. Garcia, Y., Suárez-Orozco, C.. (2016, April). Anxious and undocumented: A closer look at family responsibilities while in college. Western Psychological Association conference, Long Beach, CA.

Cerda, J., Flores Morales, J. Suárez-Orozco, C. (2016, May). Young Dual Language Learners’ language attitudes and motivational orientations about learning and using two languages at school. American Psychological Science conference, Chicago, IL.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, May). Social support and knowledge about transferring to a 4year program. Poster session presented at the UH Manoa Psi Chi 1st Annual Psychology Undergraduate Conference, Honolulu, HI.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, May). Social support and knowledge about transferring to a 4year program. Poster session presented at the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Stanford, CA.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, May). Social support and knowledge about transferring to a 4year program. Poster session presented at the UCLA Powell Undergraduate Research Week, Los Angeles, CA.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, May). Working class heroines: Female Mexican factory workers in the U.S. Poster session presented at the UCLA Powell Undergraduate Research Week, Los Angeles, CA.

Flores Morales, J. (2015, January). Who are English Language Learners?: A case study exploring immigrant histories. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

Advisors

Vilma Ortiz, Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez, Ka-Yuet Liu, Andrés Villarreal

Degrees

PhD in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (anticipated June 2023)

M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles 2019 

B.A. in Psychology with Public Health minor, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016