Esmeralda Valdivieso

M.A. in Psychology (2008), San Diego State University
B.A. in Psychology (2004), Universidad Centroamericana (El Salvador)
Primary office:


Research Lab: Clinical Neuropsychology and Aging Lab
Advisor: Dr. Nancy Hamilton
Research Interest: Cultural neuropsychology, gerontology and dementia; health disparities in aging, with emphasis on regional disparities

Selected Publications

Valdivieso-Mora, E., Ivanisevic, M., Shaw, L., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Green, Z., Salazar-Villanea, M., Moncada-Jimenez, J., & Johnson, D.K. (2018). Health-related quality of life of older adults in Costa Rica as measured by the Short-Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36). Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 4(1). doi: 10.1177/2333721418782812

Valdivieso-Mora, E. (2017). Mental health literacy toward schizophrenia in El Salvador and the U.S. Universitas Psychologica, 16(1). Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota.

Valdivieso-Mora, E., Peet, C., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Salazar-Villanea, M., & Johnson, D.K. (2016). A systematic review of the relationship between familism and mental health outcomes in Latino population. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1632. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01632.

Recent Oral and Poster Presentations

Valdivieso, E., Ivanisevic, M., & Johnson, D.K. (2018). Regional disparities in health and health behaviors of Costa Rican older adults. Poster to be presented at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America, November 2018, Boston, MA.

Valdivieso, E. (2018). Regional disparities in dietary patterns of Costa Rican older adults. Oral presentation at the Spring 2018 Graduate Research Symposium of the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), University of Kansas.

Ivanisevic, M., Valdivieso, E., & Johnson, D.K. (2018). An overview of neuropsychological functioning of cognitively healthy older adults in Costa Rica. Poster presentation at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, San Diego, CA.

McCartney, M. & Valdivieso, E. (2018). Team effectiveness and individual performance. Oral presentation given at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA.

Minahan, J., Valdivieso, E. & Baker, T. (2018). Regional health disparities among older adults in the United States. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

Ivanisevic, M., Valdivieso, E., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Green, Z., Smart, R., & Johnson, D.K. (2017). Health-related quality of life in a sample of older adults in Costa Rica: Examining the factor structure of the SF-36. Poster presented at the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, in San Francisco, CA.

Valdivieso, E., Ivanisevic, M., Green, Z., Garnier-Villarreal, M. & Johnson, D.K. (2016). Lifetime cognitive activity and cognitive functioning in Costa Rican older adults of EDAD study. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, in New Orleans, LA.

Selected Awards & Honors

2018 Clinical and Professional Skills Award
The University of Kansas Psychological Clinic – Department of Psychology
2018 Don Hutchings Memorial Award
Clinical Psychology Program, Department of Psychology. University of Kansas
2018 Doris Sheets Award
Department of Psychology – University of Kansas
2015 FANTEL scholarship for Salvadoran Talent
Ministry of Education – Government of El Salvador
2006 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship –Institute of International Education
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs – U.S. Department of State

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