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Cynthia A. Telles


Cynthia A. Telles, PhD has dedicated her professional career to expanding access to high-quality health and mental health care, especially to underserved communities. She has served on Boards of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. since April 2003, where she is also Chair of the Community Health Committee. Additionally, she has chaired the boards of the California Endowment, and the California Community Foundation. For over three decades, she has been the Director of the UCLA Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic, which provides psychiatric and psychological services to low-income Latino patients, as well as training to mental health professionals. Currently, she is also Director of the UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence.


First Annual Achievement Award for Mental Health Public Service, American Psychological Association MFP


Silver Achievement Award, YWCA

Pioneer for Justice Award, Mexican American Bar Foundation

Visionaries Award/Excellence in Community Leadership from the Los Angeles Region Chamber of Commerce

Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association/National Hispanic Health Foundation

Women of Courage Award from the City of Los Angeles

Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Public Affairs Award, Coro Foundation

“Serving others not only defines our humanity, but fulfills our responsibility to each other and strengthens the social fabric.”

Cynthia A. Telles




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