D. Imelda Padilla-Frausto, PhD, MPH, is a research scientist at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Her research agenda primarily focuses on the structural and social determinants related to inequities in mental health, access to mental health care, and economic security.
Padilla-Frausto currently leads research on mental health outcomes using data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). She is program director of the California Elder Economic Security Standard ™ Index (Elder Index), which highlights and addresses the hidden economic insecurity faced by many California adults age 65 and older.
Padilla-Frausto is a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission, appointed by Hilda Solis, Board of Supervisor for District 1. She also serves on the Adult, Adolescent, and Child Technical Advisory Committees, and the Mental Health and Substance Use Workgroup for the California Health Interview Survey.
Padilla-Frausto earned her PhD from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences. She wrote her dissertation on the use of mental health services among Latinos with a focus on the role of discrimination and neighborhood crime. She received her master of public health degree from UCLA and her bachelor of science in psychology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.