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Professional Snapshot: Dr. Cynthia Telles

UCLA School of Medicine’s Dr. Cynthia Telles is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Earning a B.A. from Smith College and later a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, Dr. Telles serves as the Director of the UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Telles is also the Director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Spanish-Speaking Psychosocial Clinic – a role which she has held for more than 30 years. In this role, Dr. Telles heads up training, research, and clinical operations. 

Beyond her multifaceted role at UCLA, Dr. Telles is an experienced corporate board member, as well as a contributor to governmental commissions and philanthropic and civic boards.

Her corporate board memberships include serving on the Board of Directors for General Motors from 2010 to 2014. Currently, with a tenure of more than 15 years and counting, Dr. Telles serves on the Board of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals.

In the governmental space, in 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti named Dr. Telles to the Board of Airport Commissioners of Los Angeles World Airports. She has also served in the role of Commissioner of the City of Los Angeles for the past 15 years. Dr. Telles was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, where she served from 2010 to 2018. For more than 13 years, she served as the Vice President of the Board of Library Commissioners. Dr. Telles also headed up the Commission on the Status of Women for five years, starting in 1994.

Today, Dr. Telles is the Chair Emeritus of the California Community Foundation, Chair Emeritus of the California Endowment, as well as a National Committee member of Latino Victory.

Cynthia A. Telles




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