Patricia M. Flynn, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Contact Information

Email pflynn@llu.edu
Phone 909-558-7738
Fax 909-558-0171

Department of Psychology
Loma Linda University, Central Building, Apt. 1
11130 Anderson St., Loma Linda, CA 92350

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Psychology, Loma Linda University - 2005
  • MPH, Health Promotion and Education, Loma Linda University - 2008

Areas of Specialization

  • Cultural and health psychology
  • Health disparities and inequities
  • Cultural and psychological factors in health behavior and outcome
  • Cultural competence training in graduate medical education
  • Implicit bias in patient-provider clinical interactions

Professional Memberships and Licenses

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • Division 38, Health Psychology
    • Division 52, International Psychology
    • Division 9, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Interamerican Society of Psychology
  • International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Western Psychological Association (WPA)

Recent Publications

  • Ortiz, M. S., Baeza-Rivera, M. J., Salinas-Onate, N., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (2016). Healthcare mistreatment attributed to discrimination among Mapuche patients and discontinuation of diabetes care. Revista Medica de Chile, 144, 1269-1287.
  • Flynn, P. M., Betancourt, H., Garberoglio, C., Regts, G. R., Kinworthy, K. & Northington, D. J. (2015). Attributions and emotions regarding negative healthcare interactions impact continuity of care among Latino and Anglo American women. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 21, 4, 593-603.
  • Amador, J., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (2015). Cultural beliefs and perceived professional empathy influence continuity of care following a negative healthcare encounter. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 5, 798-808.
  • Herbozo, S. M., Flynn, P. M., Stevens, S. D. & Betancourt, H. (2015). Dietary adherence, glycemic control and psychological factors associated with binge eating among indigenous and non-indigenous Chileans with type 2 diabetes. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 6, 792-798.

Recent Presentations

  • Flynn, P.M. (June, 2018). San Bernardino County: An Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health. Presented at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Residency Orientation, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Nance, C., Bolivar, G., Lim, D., Herman, S., Codorniz, K., Flynn, P.M., & Betancourt, H. (May, 2018). Cultural Beliefs about the unfair treatment of people with diabetes and distress impact HbA1c. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ung, S., MacKenzie, K., Votow, C., Lee, J., Codorniz, K., Betancourt, H. & Flynn, P.M. (May, 2018). Cultural beliefs impact HbA1c in patients with diabetes through cognition-emotion processes. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nance, C., Truong, S., Chia, D., Betancourt, H., Codorniz, K., & Flynn, P.M. (April, 2018). Cultural beliefs and self-efficacy in adherence to treatment among patients with diabetes. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
  • Nance, C., Jones, A., Raghani, P., Hoyt, C., Flynn, P.M., Codorniz, K. & Betancourt, H. (April, 2018). Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in cultural beliefs about diabetes. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association, Portland, OR.
  • Flynn, P.M. (March, 2018). Bias in Healthcare: "The Dangers of a Single Story." Presented at the Loma Linda University Medical Center Departmental Meeting, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Shannon, K. & Flynn, P. M. (May, 2017). Development and evaluation of a longitudinal and integrated resident health literacy curriculum. Presented at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Society for the Teachers of Family Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Serna, N., Nunez, E., Ung, S., Flynn, P.M. & Betancourt, H. (May, 2017). Psychological consequences of attributions for healthcare mistreatment among culturally diverse patients. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.
  • Betancourt, D. & Flynn, P.M. (May, 2017). The impact of healthcare discrimination on beliefs about health professionals and cancer screening emotions. Poster presented at the 38th Annual Convention of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Cho, J., Flynn, P. M., Chukwueke, I. & Morton, K. R. (May, 2017). Health literacy communication skills: Do your patients with diabetes understand your treatment plan? Poster presented at the 2017 Annual Conference for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, San Diego, CA.
  • Flynn, P.M., Shannon, K. & Giang, D. (April, 2017). Developing an intercultural curriculum for resilience in training and practice in underserved settings: Lessons from a Teaching Health Center. Presented at the 2017 Spring Meeting of the American Association of Medical Colleges, Group on Resident Affairs, Washington D.C.
  • Cho, J., Flynn, P.M., Chukwueke, I. & Morton, K. R. (February, 2017). A team-based approach to improving patient understanding of diabetes. Loma Linda University School of Medicine 85th Annual Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda, CA.
  • Flynn, P. M. (October, 2016). Unconscious bias in graduate medical education and training. Invited presentation for the Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium, Graduate Medical Education Conference, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
  • Serna N., Nunez, E., Ung, S., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (August, 2016). Consequences of attributions for healthcare mistreatment among culturally diverse patients. Poster presented at the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Nunez, E., Serna, N., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (August, 2016). General and diabetes fatalism impact hemoglobin A1c in Mapuche and Mainstream Chileans with type 2 diabetes. Poster presented at the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Flynn, P. M. (September, 2016). Perception of healthcare biases in San Bernardino County and intervention strategies for training at Loma Linda University. Loma Linda University Faculty Colloquium.
  • Herman, S., Nguyen, A., Nunez, E., Gonzalez-Plitt, M. E., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (May, 2016). Fatalism and self-efficacy in academic performance and expectations among Indigenous and Mainstream Chilean students. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.
  • Lee, H., Hilton, B., Betancourt, H., Morrell, H. & Flynn, P.M. (March, 2016). Substance Abuse among American Indians and Alaska Natives: An Integrative Conceptual Model for Advancing Research. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Collaborative Perspectives On Addiction Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Emerson, N.D., Nunez, E., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (May, 2015). Health professional cultural competence and shame influence the effect of mistreatment on continuity of care in Latino but not Anglo American women. Paper presented at the 27th Annual American Psychological Science Convention, New York, NY.
  • Nunez, E., Emerson, N.D., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (May, 2015). Fatalism predicts less cancer screening intention in Anglo and Latino women. Paper presented at the 27th Annual American Psychological Science Convention, New York, NY.
  • Betancourt, H., Flynn, P. M., Baeza-Rivera, M. J., Salinas, N. & Ortiz, M. (June, 2014). Healthcare discrimination negatively impacts ethnic minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged patients. Poster session presented at the 10th Biennial Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Convention, Portland, OR.
  • Ung, S., Betancourt, H. & Flynn, P. M. (May, 2014). Cultural beliefs and self-efficacy influence nutrition adherence in type 2 diabetics. Paper presented at the 26th Annual American Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Regts, G., Ung, S., Betancourt, H. & Flynn, P. M. (August, 2013). Cultural beliefs about diabetes predict HbA1c among Type 2 diabetics in Chile. Poster session presented at the 120th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Flynn, P. M. (June, 2013). Mixed methods and theory based research in cultural health psychology. In H. Betancourt (Chair), Cultural Health Psychology: Culture and Behavior in Health Disparities Research. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Lee, S., Betancourt, H., Flynn, P. M. & Navarrete, B. (May, 2013). A cross cultural study on the influence of fatalistic cultural beliefs on achievement aspiration in the U.S. and Chile. Poster presented at the 2013 Healthcare Reform/Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Flynn, P. M., Cortes-Ayala, L., Flores-Galaz, M., Regts, G. J. & Betancourt, H. (April, 2013). Attribution-emotion processes in interpersonal conflict among college students from Mexico. In H. Betancourt (Chair), The multivariate nature of cognition (attribution)-emotion processes across diverse interpersonal settings and populations. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Regts, G. J., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (April, 2013). Discrimination-based attributions for healthcare mistreatment affect continuity of care through negative emotions. In H. Betancourt (Chair), The multivariate nature of cognition (attribution)-emotion processes across diverse interpersonal settings and populations. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Northington, D. J., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (April, 2013). Intentionality and controllability: The impact of dimensional properties of attributions on continuity of care. In H. Betancourt (Chair), The multivariate nature of cognition (attribution)-emotion processes across diverse interpersonal settings and populations. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Ung, S., Regts, G.J., Flynn, P. M. & Betancourt, H. (March, 2013). Sociostructural, cultural, and psychological factors influence exercise compliance in type 2 diabetics. Poster session presented at the 34th Annual Convention of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Community Engagement

  • Behavioral and Social Scientist Volunteer for SES Related Cancer Disparities, American Psychological Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009-2013)
  • Member, American Cancer Society Inland Empire Leadership Council (2008-2010)
  • Member, American Cancer Society Border Sierra Leadership Council (2008-2010)
  • Research and Community Volunteer, CoachArt (2002-2010)