PhD Candidate: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
MSN (Psych-Mental Health Nursing): University of Miami, Miami, FL
BSN: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, PR
Work and Education
Professor Estrada began her journey as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing in the Fall 2020 semester. She initiated her nursing career in 1985 as a med-surg nurse in Puerto Rico. Years of volunteer service as a ministry leader at her church revealed a critical need for Spanish-speaking mental health professionals. In 1998, she made a career change into psych-mental health nursing and discovered her passion for teaching and raising awareness about mental health and wellbeing. She comes to Baylor University with over 12 years of experience as a nurse educator and is thrilled to be teaching students in the psych-mental health nursing course for both the Traditional and FastBacc programs.
Leadership and Awards
Professor Estrada is a member of the Undergraduate Academic Policies Committee at the LHSON. She is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and served as Board Member of the local Dallas chapter (2014-2016; 2018-2020). Professor Estrada had the honor of being selected as a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar by the AACN/Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future (2017-2019); she is a fellow of SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program at the American Nurses Association (2017-2020).
Articles and Presentations
Professor Estrada is currently completing the dissertation phase of her PhD in Nursing (with a concentration in transcultural nursing). Professor Estrada’s research interests include culturally congruent, evidence-based interventions that promote mental wellbeing and prevent suicide in Puerto Rican communities. In 2019, she offered a podium presentation at the annual conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society: Cultural Perceptions, Values, and Beliefs About Suicide and Suicide Prevention in the Puerto Rican Community: A Mini-Ethnonursing Study. She has presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses on topics such as student success and the barriers and facilitators faced by Latinx nurses obtaining a graduate nursing degree. Click here for publications found on PubMed.
Professor Estrada is a wife, mother, and believer in God’s faithfulness and love. She is a native Puerto Rican with a heart for serving the Latinx community. She is known as a strong student advocate who encourages nursing students in the areas of leadership, professional development, and self-care. Professor Estrada and her husband are actively engaged in the marriage ministry at their church where they teach and lend support to other couples.