Vice Chancellor and Professor
Chicana/o Studies Department
Dr. Adela de la Torre, an agricultural economist, is a professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department and director of the Center for Transnational Health at the University of California, Davis, where she is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Dr. de la Torre's publications and research primarily focus on Chicano/Latino health issues, childhood obesity within rural Mexican origin communities, binational health, and science educational disparities and interventions for Chicana/o Latino students. Much of her funded research has been supported by grants from NIH, state grants and private foundations. Major book publications include the following:
- Building with Our own Hands: New Directions in Chicana/o Studies (UC Press with Beatriz Pesquera)
- Moving from the Margins (UA Press)
- Sana, Sana: Mexican Americans & Health (UA Press with Antonio Estrada)
Dr. de la Torre is a co-editor of the recently published Speaking from the Body: Latinas on Health and Culture, a collection of personal reflections on health care experiences from Latina patients or their family caregivers or friends, combined with professional analysis of the narratives with a discussion of Latina health issues and policy recommendations. In addition, Dr. de la Torre recently received a $4.8 million dollar USDA-NIFA five year grant focused on creating and assesing multi-intervention approaches to reduce the rate of growth of childhood obesity within Mexican origin children in California's Central Valley.