UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC, Bertha E.

School of Nursing
Office for Faculty Excellence
(210) 567-7101

Dr. Flores is a Hispanic, bilingual/bi-cultural Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), School of Nursing (SON). She has earned her Bachelor?s and Master?s Degrees in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. As a practicing Women?s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, she has acquired a unique perspective of the needs of Hispanic women. This experience developed her passion to conduct research that will serve underrepresented groups. Her clinical experience caring for Hispanic women gave her the impetus to pursue advanced education. She earned a PhD in Nursing, Women?s and Gender studies and Geriatric portfolios from the University of Texas at Austin. She received the Outstanding Graduate Award from UT Austin, School of Nursing. In 2018, she obtained a graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention, from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Her nursing career expands from clinical nursing at the bedside and outpatient care of women, to academic and faculty roles. She began her academic career in 2005 as a clinical instructor, teaching undergraduate students in Childbearing Family didactic and clinical courses and graduate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program. Dr. Flores is a Graduate Faculty and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science (MSCI-TS) Faculty member. She has mentored students in clinical and didactic undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as well as international, high school, translational science, and medical students.

Her leadership in the field of health disparities has identified the importance of cultural literacy and the use of code-switching in health communication. Because low health literacy contributes to health disparities, she developed a health literacy clinical application to assist nurses to care for populations and improve care. She received a KL2 Scholar award supported through a Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA) award. While working with Dr. Parra-Medina on her funded study to increase Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine using evidence-based interventions in rural areas of South Texas. She collaborated in the development of evidence-based materials used in academic detailing aimed at improving HPV vaccination and decreasing HPV-associated cancer health disparities in rural areas. Her experiences have highlighted the importance in how education is fundamental in bridging health disparities.

10/2020 - Present Graduate Faculty and Graduate Faculty UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Translational Science Program, San Antonio, TX
5/2019 - Present Assistant Professor and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science (MSCI_TS) Program UT Health San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
9/2016 - Present Assistant Professor UT Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
7/2014 - Present Graduate Faculty The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, San Antonio, TX