Mary Lou de Leon Siantz
UC Davis ADVANCE CAMPOS Initiative Founding Director and Social Sciences Research Initiative Co-Investigator, Professor of Nursing

Mary Lou de Leon Siantz is a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy, and internationally respected for her research in migrant health. As a professor at the School of Nursing, de Leon Siantz teaches, conducts research and mentors students in leadership policy and population health.Her research most recently focused on the impact of migration on the health and development of Hispanic migrant/immigrant children and families.Her current research, funded through the Office of Minority Health Department of Health and Human Service, focuses on the development of educational strengths of Hispanic immigrant adolescents and the promotion of their reproductive awareness.

De Leon Siantz is the associate director of the Community Engagement and Research Program of the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center. This program connects health researchers with communities of all kinds to ensure discoveries are translated into real-world interventions. She is also an affiliated faculty member with the Migration and Health Research Center, a collaboration between the UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses that is dedicated to conducting research to improve the health of migrant populations in California and around the globe.