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Jessica Calderón

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Jessica Calderón was born in Tamaulipas, Mexico where she resided until the age of 12 when she moved to Austin, Texas with her family. At a young age, Calderón proved that even with her limited English proficiency, she was motivated to succeed. As an undergraduate student, Calderón distinguished herself with outstanding technical and interpersonal skills. Coursework for her degree in psychology included work on cultural competence, mental illness, and human relations. Calderón’s passion in psychology led to a solid foundation in the understanding of human relationships, which created an intense drive to learn more about how to help preteens, teens, and adults navigate complex emotions, low self-esteem, and the difficult things that life can present.

Calderón had the opportunity to work as an intern with Migrant Clinicians Network in the spring of 2019. During her internship, she worked with Roxana Pineda at Ventanilla de Salud at the Mexican Consulate providing local Mexican citizens and other Latinos with health resources, and attending networking meetings with other local organizations interested in educating and informing about disease prevention.

Under the direction of Nelly Salgado de Snyder, MA, DSW, and in collaboration with other interns, Calderón conducted and developed a study to explore the barriers and facilitators to vaccination as reported by adult Mexican-origin males.

In 2019, Calderón graduated from Texas State University, with a double major in Psychology and Spanish Literature. She was part of Sigma Delta Pi, a National Honor Society, and served the organization during her last semester as vice president. Calderón volunteered with organizations like the National Kidney Foundation, Central Texas Food Bank, and Austin Police Operation Blue Santa because she knows the impact that organizations like those have in the community.

After graduation, Calderón was invited to return as a staff member to MCN, to continue her work to support her community by utilizing and expanding her skill set and drawing on the curiosity and passion that brought her to MCN in the first place.

Currently, Calderón supports MCN’s department of International Projects and Emerging Issues, which is providing her with the opportunity to learn and practice new skills that she wants to use to help the community. Calderón is also pursuing her Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE-MSN) program prerequisites and planning to apply to this program at the end of 2020. Through the Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program (PMHNP), she plans to provide primary psychiatric-mental health care at an advanced level to individuals of all ages and their families.

Calderón seeks to specialize in working with client populations who have a history of trauma, abuse, attachment interruption, and family problems of origin. She believes that through meaningful work alongside patients, they can work to overcome or manage trauma and gain significant improvements in health, self-esteem, relationships, and general quality of life.

Besides work and school, Calderón is passionate about any activity that allows her to connect with nature: from kayaking to mountain hiking. As demonstrated by her two consecutive participations in the Austin Half Marathon, Calderón loves challenges and is always ready to get out of the comfort zone. She also likes to travel, art, music, books, and spending quality time with friends & family.

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