Vanessa Calderon, Ph.D., MPH

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Vanessa Calderon is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CAPPS. Originally from East Los Angeles, she completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University (B.A. in Psychology, with distinction) and went on to receive her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California where she also completed a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Promotion. Dr. Calderon first joined CAPPS in 2021 as a Clinical Psychology Intern in the Adolescent Serious Mental Illness track at the UCLA Semel Institute. 

Dr. Calderon is dedicated to providing culturally-informed care in English and Spanish and enjoys working with youth and families from diverse backgrounds. Her current research examines pathways to care and the role of the family on mental health treatment use, which she aims to translate into interventions for Latinx Spanish-speaking families.  

Dr. Calderon has been funded by the APA Minority Fellowship Program, UCLA ALACRITY Center pilot study funds, and a NIMH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship. She was recently honored with the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (JCCAP) Future Directions Launch Award. 

Outside of work, Dr. Calderon enjoys spending time with loved ones and watching cooking competition shows.